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The Sims 4 launched on September 2nd, and one of its most notable differences from The Sims 3 8 Big Differences Between The Sims 3 And The Sims 4 8 Big Differences Between The Sims 3 And The Sims 4 Are you ready to play The Sims 4? Check out the major changes detailed right here, and decide if you're going to give it a try. Read More is the loss of the Create-A-Style function. With Create-A-Style, players could recolor almost any texture in the game to express their personal creativity with custom clothing and furnishings. The feature’s absence leaves The Sims 4 feeling somewhat limited with its smaller handful of color swatches for each item.

The good news is, like The Sims 3, The Sims 4 does include powerful modding support. Ambitious creators are already churning out new fashions, recolored hairstyles, gameplay mods, and more to enhance your game. Learn how to install custom content here, and follow the links below to the communities and artists who bring it to life!

Installing Mods and Content

To install custom content, you’ll need to find the Mods folder for your game. The default file path for this folder is:

My Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods

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This is where you’ll be dropping your custom content. Note that many content creators compress their creations as ZIP or RAR files to make sharing easier, so get one of these free file extractors The Top 3 File Compression & Extraction Softwares The Top 3 File Compression & Extraction Softwares Read More to unpack your content before you place it in the folder.

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Once you’ve added any mods to The Sims 4, the game will show a mod browser by default when you launch it. This will let you know exactly what the game has recognized and implemented at launch, so you can know that your files are in the right place.

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When you dive into the world of custom content, be aware that you’ll be handling items that haven’t been vetted by the game’s creators. This means you’ll occasionally run across misidentified, offensive, or buggy material in your hunt. Take these recolors of the buzzed up hairstyle that I downloaded. They look fine on a static Sim’s face, but once the characters start making expressions, the hair separates from itself in a visual glitch. If I want corrected hairstyles, I’ll have to keep an eye on the creator’s blog to see if she publishes an update, and manually replace the files if she does. Managing custom content requires extra effort, but if you feel stifled by the game’s existing options, it can be worth the trouble.

Where To Find Cool Stuff

So now that you know how to add custom content, where can you find it? Here are a few places you can start exploring.

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Many creators share their work without ever posting to one of the popular custom content hubs. Their Tumblrs, or Simblrs as they’re fond of calling them, provide links to the file sharing sites from which you can nab their finished products. If you just want to browse the vast variety available to you, search for one of the following terms: Sims 4 Custom Content, S4CC, or Sims 4 Mods. Any of these will pull up a healthy list of options. That’s where I found NYAMI SIMS’ Cat Ears. They’re perfect for your more childish or goofy Sims.

While following individual creators can help you find cool things, you may also want to follow a few aggregators too. Take this Tumblr by Emily CC Finds. It’s almost like a Pinterest board, with lots of pictures of content spread across several columns to make your browsing easy and fun.

Mod The Sims

At time of writing, Mod The Sims already has over 120 different files hosted for The Sims 4. You’ll have to create a login to download things from the site, but once you do, the process is straightforward. Does the funny waddle Sims do when they really have to find a bathroom turn you off? Turn it off with this mod! Add some heavy metal t-shirts for your rock fan Sims, or crank up the manliness with body hair for your gentlemen.

The Sims Resource

The Sims Resource won’t ask you to make an account to get access to their huge pool of downloads, and what a pool it is! You’ve got everything from fun metallic eye shadows, to classy recolors of existing dresses. Ever wanted to dress up like the game’s Grim Reaper, complete with spooky hover effect? Consider it done.

The Simsperience

The Simsperience is a new blog that launched alongside The Sims 4’s Create-A-Sim demo earlier this year. It only showcases the custom content of one particular creator, but it’s already packed with gorgeous recolors of existing clothing items. This classy pack of 10 recolored scoop neck tees was the first item to catch my eye, and it piqued my interest in checking out more of the blog’s quality content.

Conclusion

This is the time when your official Sims 4 options will be most limited. There’s no microtransaction shop up yet, and no expansions to diversify your gameplay. Custom content creators are eager to give you more mods and fashions, many of which perform just as well as official content, without charging you a penny! Try some of them out, and make The Sims 4 play the way you like it.

Are you a Sims 4 custom content creator? Can you think of any popular creators whose work our community should see? Share the best of the best in the comments so we can all find more awesome Sims 4 mods!

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  1. Volkano
    September 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    the mods are shown in the non scripted but in costumisation cant see the hair what should i do

  2. Volkano
    September 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    the mods are shown at the start but cant see them in costumization sim what should i do

  3. Zendaya Coleman
    February 11, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Idk!!????????

  4. elizacat26
    February 10, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    HALP! I don't know if I can instal a .room file into my mods folder?! I wanted to download a "Relaxing Bathroom Blueprint" thingy from Tumblr and I don't know how? Please reply ASAP!
    Thank you sooo much :D

  5. Kawaii_Overload
    January 18, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I was wondering if you could use a bandizip explorer thingy for mods

  6. Cessssssss
    January 9, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Hello pls help, I've done all the neede proceudre. Yes it is a package file and Yes it popped up on the non script mods but when I play already i cannot see the stuff that I downloaded huhuhu pls I need help and Thank you!

  7. Mia
    December 25, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Hi, my game says that the modifications has been turned off because some of the content may hurt the game but i cant find the place you turn it on. Please give me help quikly.

    • Alex
      January 4, 2016 at 2:33 am

      You can turn it back on in options

  8. ann
    December 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    help!!! i got my sims 4 through torrent and my CC wont appear/no message box. how can i fix it?

  9. chrysantheous
    December 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Hey so I did everything, and my mods show up on the mods window thing, but they don't show up in CAS. Help please?

  10. leeaaahhhhsws
    November 7, 2015 at 10:23 am

    hey everyone, I downloaded my sims 4 through torrent, would the mods still work in the game, aif not is there another way I could allow it to work?? please reply asap, thanks :)

  11. Leila Leila
    August 19, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Hey everyone!!! I need some help. In the sims 4 ultimate edition( whit all expansions ) where can i put the downloaded things( hair, clothes...) the game is ok, but when i put the clothes in the Mods folder dont go...say its damaged... pls help!! Thank you!!!

    • C a t h a m o n
      August 28, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      Have you downloaded the Resource.cfg file? If not, that could be the problem, you can get it from here:
      http://modthesims.info/t/531644

      Replace the "Mods" folder by deleting it and creating a new one. And paste the Resource.cfg file in it. (You have to extract the file, otherwise it's useless)

      :)

  12. Paige Bowry
    July 26, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Can I use custom content that is for The Sims 3 in The Sims 4?

    • C a t h a m o n
      August 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Of course not, it's not compatible. :)

  13. Arib Khan
    July 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    And you can't find the electronic arts folder go to documents look carefully and you will find the folder

  14. Arib Khan
    July 19, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    thx works for me I got the sims 4 free and I got the electronic arts folder if you want the sims 4 free no survey no torrent and no virus this works add me. Skype or Facebook or type in the comment and I will give you the link

  15. Renee Bouwland
    July 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I've downloaded the game for free, but does this mean the custom content won't show up in game?
    I get the little notification of what the game picked up (as in content), but can't find it back in CAS?

    Please answer, would really appreciate it :)

  16. Jamie LeRose
    July 17, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I'm having the issue that the custom makeup my sim is wearing only shows up as them wearing it on create sim and not in play mode. It's quite frustrating

  17. dark pheonix gaming
    May 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    i don 't have the mods folder for my sims game

  18. Parry
    May 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Hi, i downloaded over 50+ packages (clothes, makeup, shoes, etc.) and i tried everything above, but it STILL doesn't show up... I've also checked the resource.cfc file and put it to the right level but still nothing. Please help :(

    • Isabella Bologna
      June 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Try taking off labtop mode if it is on

  19. ashxo
    May 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    hey , my costum content doesn't work. When I dress my sims up they are perfect and when I go into gameplay they have pixels and stuff. I download my CC from the sims resource, i dont know what i'm doing wrong could you help me ? Thanks

  20. Lindsey
    April 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Hi! When I download clothing and hair it works just fine, but when I downloaded furniture into my sims 4 game none of it showed up. Instead I'm missing items that came with the sims 4 ! Like the penguin tv and little things like shelfs and the shower rack. It's just weird! Any ideas on how I can get them back? I'm going to try deleting the files for the furniture I downloaded maybe that would work. I don't know if the problem was when I download a mod from Mod The Sims, because I downloaded one that aloud you to place clutter anywhere like on shelfs, the shower rack and other things. Then I downloaded one that aloud you to place electronics anywhere. Which included the small tv's which is what I'm missing sadly. Can someone plz help me!

  21. Dani
    April 10, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I don't have the sims 4 listed under EA Games at all. It's only under origins, which you are saying is the wrong path.

    • Michaela P
      December 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      That's because you have to go through the Electronic Arts folder. Don't go to the EA Games one. That'll just lead you to a sims 2 folder.

  22. Sarah
    March 8, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Hi! Could you tell me if this works on a Mac? Thanks!

    • ashxo
      May 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      It does

  23. Jessica
    February 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Hi! First of all; thank you for this article, it is awesome!

    Although I have this problem: some of the mods work just fine, most of them dont. I havent figured out the connection yet. I first thought it was because the file-icons arent white pappers, they are stuck on "open with" winrar, but my boyfriend said that doesnt matter. Is he right? I tried the script-mod thing, but it doesnt work.

    Thank you for helping!

  24. Aki
    February 12, 2015 at 3:45 am

    please help, I've done everything as told and I can see the package files in the in game mod list and I've enabled the script mod but I still can't find the stuff when I start the game! I don't know what is wrong so if anyone would help me I'd appreciate it

  25. Robert Wiesehan
    February 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    For any of you still having trouble, some users have reported that uninstalling and reinstalling the game did get their mods working.

    Definitely try everything else first. I know it's no fun to uninstall and have to queue up a big download, but if it gets your mods working, it's worth it.

    Also, reprinting another comment I made about more info on the Mod process below in case you missed it:

    Some additional info about mod handling has come out since I wrote this article.

    First, if you’re running any script mods, they have to be enabled in the in-game options. Go to Options > Other, and check the box next to Script Mods. Then completely exit the game before booting back up.

    Second, while Package files (custom hair, outfits, etc.) get extracted as described above, as Caela mentioned, Script and Core mods do not. If you’re running any of these, just place the original ZIP or RAR file in your Mods folder.

    A third issue is that The Sims 4 only detects mods one folder deeper than the Mods folder at most. There are ways to get the game to detect deeper folders, but for now, if you have deeper folders to organize your custom content, draw everything back to being either directly in the Mods folder, or only one folder deeper.

    Lastly, check to make sure the Resource CFG file is still in your Mods folder. If it isn’t, with the game closed, drag your mods folder out to the desktop, and boot The Sims 4. This will create a brand new mods folder with the Resource file that you can drag all your CC back into.

  26. george
    February 3, 2015 at 2:49 am

    same for me, my folder is only: users/documents/the sims 4 and in it there's only two other folders: data and game, any advices?

    • Robert Wiesehan
      February 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      If you're only seeing the Game and Data folders, you went to The Sims 4's Program Files. This is the wrong file path:

      Program Files > Origin Games > The Sims 4

      Instead, use the correct file path above. Your mods folder should be in The Sims 4's My Documents file.

      My Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods

  27. Vlatka
    January 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Please help, i don't have folder in the sims 4 "Mods" :( i have three "Resource.cfg", bt dont have a folder. Dont know what to do. Please help

    • Robert Wiesehan
      February 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      It sounds like you might be looking in the wrong place. Are the Resource.cfg files you mentioned in folders called Client, Simulation, and res? If so, you're looking in the wrong place.

      You do not want to look in this path.

      Program Files > Origin Games > The Sims 4

      Instead, you do want to look in this path.

      My Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods

  28. angela
    January 14, 2015 at 3:33 am

    I have tried everything and none of my mods work :(

  29. Jordan
    January 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I tried all the things listed above, but the thing is, all I have are non-script mods, things I got from TSR, my resource file is there, and the earliest mods I added came up, but I've been adding things gradually for a while and since then, nothing. Is there anything that can fix that?
    Thanks for helping, if you can :)

  30. Robert Wiesehan
    December 31, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Hey troubled Simmers. Sorry for the holiday delay getting back to you all. Let me see if I can help.

    Some additional info about mod handling has come out since I wrote this article.

    First, if you're running any script mods, they have to be enabled in the in-game options. Go to Options > Other, and check the box next to Script Mods. Then completely exit the game before booting back up.

    Second, while Package files (custom hair, outfits, etc.) get extracted as described above, as Caela mentioned, Script and Core mods do not. If you're running any of these, just place the original ZIP or RAR file in your Mods folder.

    A third issue is that The Sims 4 only detects mods one folder deeper than the Mods folder at most. There are ways to get the game to detect deeper folders, but for now, if you have deeper folders to organize your custom content, draw everything back to being either directly in the Mods folder, or only one folder deeper.

    Lastly, check to make sure the Resource CFG file is still in your Mods folder. If it isn't, with the game closed, drag your mods folder out to the desktop, and boot The Sims 4. This will create a brand new mods folder with the Resource file that you can drag all your CC back into.

    If you try all of these things and still don't get results, post here again and I'll try to help you out. I just tested my ability to use mods by downloading some new outfits from The Sims Resource, and they appeared in game as expected. Hopefully, you'll be back to enjoying custom content soon!

    • kitten
      December 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      The link for NYAMI SIMS’ Cat Ears. Do you happen to have the file? I need them for a Cosplay im making :c..

    • Robert Wiesehan
      December 31, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      The cat ears are archived on this list! http://nyamisims.tumblr.com/oldstuff

    • kitten
      December 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much!

  31. britkarma
    December 31, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Same here, not sure what is or isn't happening. These instructions are really simple and when I sign in, most of the downloads are on that list like they should be in the game... but of out about 20 random downloads,only 1 thing shows up in game, just a hair. Help??

  32. Caela
    December 26, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I've got a similar problem Courtney. I've used & created custom content for previous versions of the Sims and from what I can see don't need anything special in the mods folder apart from resource.cfg but did find that I need to keep script mods zipped for them to show up in game. I seem to be able to get a few things to show up in game (not by doing anything special) but most content doesn't seem to be there. Only one out of 30 or 40 custom hairs is showing up. Most of my downloads are from The Sims Resource and MTS.

  33. Courtney
    December 21, 2014 at 4:54 am

    this isn't working for me, any advice?

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