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How to Install The Sims 4 Mods and the Best Mods to Try

Joe Keeley Updated 28-02-2020

The Sims 4 is still one of the best simulation games available, even years after its release. You can also buy The Sims 4 expansion packs to expand the game. However, these cost money.

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Thankfully, you can expand The Sims 4 for free using mods and custom content. So, in this article we show you how to install The Sims 4 mods and list the best The Sims 4 mods to try.

What Are The Sims 4 Mods and Custom Content?

In terms of The Sims 4, mods and custom content (CC) are not the same thing.

Mods (sometimes called script mods) means modifications. These change or add to the functionality of the game, like changing how Sims behave or adding a new career.

Custom content (or CC) is things like furniture, hair styles, or textures—stuff that you can use when designing a Sim or a house.

You can also download lots. These are houses or places. They don’t necessarily use custom content, but instead save you having to build something from scratch.

How to Download and Install The Sims 4 Mods and CC

Most downloadable content for The Sims 4 comes in compressed file types like ZIP or RAR. Windows can handle ZIP files by default, but you will need a free program like WinRAR for anything else. Here are the best tools to open RAR files The 5 Best Tools to Open RAR Files Don't know how to open RAR files? These excellent file compression and extraction tools will handle it for you. Read More .

You need to move all mods and custom content into a specific folder. Press Windows key + R to open Run and input the following:

\Users\%username%\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4

You should see a Mods folder here. If you don’t, click New folder to create it.

The Sims 4 Mods and Tray folders

Extract the contents of your download into this Mods folder. You can store things within subfolders, but don’t go deeper than one level (a new sub-folder for each mod is the simplest approach).

The only exception is for house lots. These files have extensions like .blueprint, .bpi, and .trayitem. They don’t go in the Mods folder. Instead, go to the top The Sims 4 folder and place them in the Tray folder.

To uninstall anything, close the game and simply remove the associated files.

How to Enable Mods and CC in The Sims 4

To enable mods and CC in The Sims 4, first launch the game.

Click the menu button (three horizontal dots) in the top-right of the screen. Then, click Game Options > Other.

The Sims 4 game options

Here, tick Enable Custom Content and Mods and Script Mods Allowed.

To finish, click Apply Changes. You will need to restart the game for the changes to take effect.

A Mods panel will then open when you launch the game, listing which mods are enabled. If you don’t want to see this, untick Show At Startup.

You don’t need to do this for any lots you download. To find these, click the gallery icon (photo album) in the top-right and click My Library. If your lots use custom content, ensure that Include Custom Content is ticked on the left.

How to Update Mods and CC in The Sims 4

Mods and CC are usually disabled after The Sims 4 updates. This is because there’s a risk that a mod isn’t compatible with the latest version of the game. Follow the instructions above to enable them again.

Unlike the game itself, mods don’t automatically update. When a mod breaks then you will need to check where you got it from to see if there’s a new version. If there is, download it, and replace the original files. If there isn’t, remove the files until there’s an update.

The Best The Sims 4 Mods to Try

There are lots of great places to download The Sims 4 mods and CC from. These include Mod The Sims, The Sims Resource, and Sims Catalog.

Here are some of the best The Sims 4 mods from these sites and beyond.

1. MC Command Center

MC Command Center does so much, we’d be here all day describing it. Essentially, it lets you control every aspect of your Sims—and even grants minor control to usually non-playable characters. For many, this mod includes what the base game should have. You can ban clothes, control pregnancies, remove homeless ghosts, and more.

2. Meaningful Stories

The Sims 4 Meaningful Stories mod

This mod redesigns the mood and emotions system of The Sims 4. In the base game, your Sims will be joyful because of a nice lamp one minute, then angry from a faulty shower the next. This mod makes your Sims’ lives more meaningful (and challenging), with emotions that reflect real life—a first kiss creates true happiness, while a depressive rut can last for days.

3. Have Some Personality Please!

One of the big differences between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 8 Big Differences Between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 Here's a full rundown of the major differences between The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. Read More was the switch towards more emotion-driven gameplay.

This mod makes your Sims personality more natural. No longer will they chat to each other about random things. Instead, they will act based on shared traits, moods, and relationships. The mod also includes more interactions with pets.

4. Slice of Life

The Sims 4 Slice of Life mod

As the name of this mod suggests, it aims to bring The Sims 4 closer to reality. It does this by adding a range of emotions, the ability to get drunk, the chance to get acne, the menstrual cycle, colds and flu, and memories. And that’s not everything! You’ll wonder how you played the game without this mod.

5. Don’t Wash Dishes Where You Angry Poop

This mod isn’t as radical as some of the others listed here, but it fixes an incredibly annoying behavior that Sims in the game possess. Now you can set which sinks your Sims can or can’t wash up in. No longer will they pick up their finished dish from the table and then head to the bathroom to wash it in that sink. Rejoice!

Get More From The Sims 4 With Expansion Packs

There are lots of free The Sims 4 mods available, but they don’t usually offer the same game-changing depth that the official expansion packs do.

While the expansion packs do cost money, they add new features like pets or weather, plus objects, clothes, hairstyles, and more.

If you’re struggling to decide which The Sims 4 expansion packs to buy, check out our guide to all of The Sims 4 expansion packs The Sims 4 Expansion Packs: Are They Worth Buying? Each One, Reviewed We take a look at all of The Sims 4 expansion packs and help you decide whether or not they're worth buying. Read More .

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  1. lola
    February 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    this was so informative! thanks a bunch!

  2. Abby
    December 27, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I downloaded cc to my files and when I went to sims 4, the mod browser didn’t show up, I went to game options>other> enable custom content and mods, and it was on? Please help I’ve spent all day look for a solution. It worked before, but all my data got deleted

  3. luna
    November 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    thanks!!!! :D OMGGG <3

  4. S
    August 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Why when i dowload a Sim it shows without hair, makeup, clothes and other stuff? :(

    • crystal
      November 20, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Did you ever find out why your sims ended up not showing their hair, makeup, or clothes? I have that problem and especially if I go to gallery and find certain sims when I download them and they open they will be missing stuff. I have also noticed that even when I am searching through the gallery that just the past few months most of the sims are bald and have no hair. If you were able to find out how to fix this issue can you please let me know how I can fix the problem?

  5. Allora
    April 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I did all of this but it only showed this one mod. What do i do?

  6. lola
    February 13, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Hi im using a macbook and ive been trying to add my mods but its not showing up in the sims 4, idk what else to do

  7. MissCcakes
    January 7, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    MY sims 4 wasn't working and I got a new game, it doesn't have a mods folder so I moved my old one in. It did have resource.cfg, how do I get it back?

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

    Idk!!????????

  11. 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

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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?

  16. 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?

  17. Anonymous
    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 :)

  18. Anonymous
    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!!!

    • Anonymous
      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)

      :)

  19. Anonymous
    July 26, 2015 at 6:17 pm

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

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2015 at 11:09 pm

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

  20. Anonymous
    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

  21. Anonymous
    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

  22. Anonymous
    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 :)

  23. Anonymous
    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

  24. Anonymous
    July 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Hello. When I download .rar files, they seem to be opening with notepad. These files now don't work, is there any way I can fix this?

    • Anonymous
      July 13, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      You have to extract them using a file extractor like WinRAR or 7zip you can download trial versions for free.

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

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

  26. 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 :(

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Try taking off labtop mode if it is on

  27. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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

  35. 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

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

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

  37. 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 :)

  38. 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..

    • kitten
      December 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much!

  39. 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??

  40. 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.

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

    this isn't working for me, any advice?