How to install Sims 4 mods and custom content (CC)

Expand your Sims 4 experience with Mod and cc

Note on Mod Help

Don't worry about asking us for help with problems with mod / cc. Go to the author of the mod on a forum / site he frequents or where he hosts his content. The mod author knows his job and can help you better than us, plus he might appreciate bug reports!

Information on mods and customised content

Mods and custom content are hugely popular with Sims 4 players, but if you're new to the franchise you may not be aware of what treasures await those who eagerly scour the web for the latest downloads. There is much more free content available to download than is included in the base game and all games / item packs combined. In this guide, I'll teach you how to install CC and mods, explain what they are, and offer some pointers on where to go from here by providing links to sites where you can download CC for your game.

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What is Sims 4 CC?

Custom content is simple compared to mods, thought it can sometimes take a long time to make. CC is hair, textures, items and clothes that can be downloaded and easily added to your game. You'll find everything from wall patterns and chests of drawers to earrings and beautiful flowing dresses. Since CC creators don't have to think about system requirements like Maxis does, and can even spend more time on each piece, they can make really nice additions to the game that greatly improve the graphics (especially in the case of hair) and increase the number of options available to the player. More options and a better looking swag is what CC is all about.

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Modthesims.info is one of the best sites around to download both CC and Mod for The Sims.

What are Mods

Mods are game changes to The Sims 4, pure and simple. Virtually every game that is moddable has mods. They can enhance a feature or introduce completely new functionality. Mod creators work hard to make sure their content is stable and adds the described functionality when they share it with the Sims community. Some mods greatly improve gameplay, make small changes to how things work (such as how often items break) or simply fix something that annoys many players. Mod creators sometimes fix bugs before EA does, and sometimes they can be more in tune with the community's wishes on how something should work. For example, door locks were released in a patch, but first came in the form of a mod.

None of this is meant to criticise Maxis / The Sims Studio, who are doing a great job developing a game worth tweaking, but when you have all the hundreds or thousands of people involved in tweaking the game and creating custom content for it, of course there are many more hands working to make improvements and content.

How to install CC and Mod

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Documents / Electronic Arts / The Sims 4 / Mods is the folder you need to install mods and cc's. Sims / lots go in the Tray folder.

Installing mods in The Sims 4

The process to download both CC and Mod is the same, so we will cover both at the same time. They are installed in Documents / Electronic Arts / The Sims 4 / Mods. Open Windows Explorer or Finder on a Mac. Click on the Documents folder, Electronic Arts, then The Sims 4. If you have trouble finding it, look for the Users folder on C :, click PC User, then proceed to Documents (or Documents) and go from there. For Windows users, Documents is usually located on the left side of the menu, as you can see in the screenshot.

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In order to use CC, Mod and Script Mods, you must first enable them in the game's options menu. For Script Mods to work, you must check the first box. Read below to learn about Script Mods

Activate modes in the menu

Since a patch was released, players must now enable mods via the options menu. Press ESC> Options> More. From there, select Enable custom content and mods. After a patch, you may need to re-enable it.

Similarly, for houses that contain CC that you cannot see in My Library using the Gallery
If you have downloaded a house from a site that is not from the Gallery, go to the Library. Select View content for> Others from the left-hand side of the window in the My Library section of the Gallery, unless you are the one who created it. See the section above on activating CC to properly view the houses with CC in your library. At the bottom left of the library screen, click Advanced and the "Include custom content" checkbox. You will need to do this if you have downloaded houses containing CC from other websites. Otherwise, houses that include CC will not be displayed in your Library.

If you still can't find the house, try turning off access to online features so that art galleries don't show up in the list, you'll see a lot less and it will be easier to locate. Go to Game Options> More from the exit menu and turn this setting on. This will actually turn off the gallery option. This can help you find content you've added to the game and you can re-enable the gallery later. (Thanks for the tip, MrsFlynn!). Otherwise, make sure your home is in the correct folder by following the instructions in this guide.

The Mods folder

Next, find or create the Mods folder. It should already be there, but if it's not you can right-click in the white area inside The Sims 4 folder and create a folder, making sure to call it Mods. The game will automatically recognise and attempt to use anything in this folder. Then, once you've downloaded CC, copy the files into that folder. Tip: You can have other folders inside the Mods folder, so if you want to separate CC and Mods into separate folders, or even categorize them by type of object/clothing, you can do that! Also, forum member RandyH notes that you can rename mods as long as you keep the .package at the end of the filename. This can make your organisation even easier and perhaps help you track things down more easily. This is actually a good idea if you come across a mod or piece of CC that gives you problems, so that it's easier to find and remove.

Script Mods are a special type of Mod that must remain within a zip file to work. You must also go to the game options menu (ESC> Game Options> More> Script Mods Allowed) to enable them. You can see this section of the menu in the screenshot above where you also enable normal and CC Mods.

It is worth noting that there is another folder here, Tray. That folder contains the families you have created but NOT saved in the gallery. It is also where you install Sims and Lots. This folder is important regardless, so you can avoid creating them or downloading them again.

Installation

The installation is practically hands-free and you just have to put them in the Mods folder, but sometimes you have to manage the zip files. Remember, script mods are NOT unzipped, but everything else should be. Newer mods might have the extension .ts4script which you can leave alone (thanks, DarkWalker). If it's a .package file, it's fine: right-click and cut or copy it, go to the Mods folder and paste. If it's a zip, click on it and look inside. Double-click on the zip and look at the file type of the file inside: is it a pyc or .package at the end of the filename? If the zip contains a .pyc file, it is a script mod and should remain zipped. * If it is a .package, you need to copy that and any other package files from the zip and copy them into the mods folder. The images and instructions inside the zip are usually not needed. Sometimes mod creators will give you these same instructions: "Extract the .package file, copy it to the mods folder, have fun"!

  • About .pyo files - Files ending with pyo are no longer supported due to an upgrade to the base level of python Sims 4 uses, which means it is definitely an obsolete mod if this is the case.

If you download a Sim or House/Lot from somewhere other than the Gallery, it will go into the Tray folder, not the Mods folder.

Backup of saved games, mods and CCs

You can backup your Mods and CCs just like you can save files, and it's smart to do so in case of disaster. Copy them to another drive or USB stick and they are safe from hard drive failure. Go to the Documents / Electronic Arts / The Sims 4 folder. Right-click on each of these three important folders: Save, Tray, and Mod. Copy and paste them to a new location, where you know you will find them. If you need to reinstall the game or delete everything, you have a copy of your Sims' families and keep your collection of CCs and Mods. These are valuable because it takes time to build a collection and the loss of dozens of downloads can be a major annoyance.

Sims 4 Mods Responsible

There is an option for those of you who don't want to bother with unzipping files and would like the ability to easily enable / disable mods. Sims 4 Mod Manager by Raxdiam is a solution for this. It has a lot of features, it's quite easy to use, and if you browse the site you can even find a video explaining how to use it.

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Lumialoversims is one of the many talented creators of custom content for The Sims 4.

Links to CC / Mod sites

The following are known sites for hosting CC and Mods. I want to say that I am not responsible for anything you see or that happens as a result of using these sites. I'm highlighting the ones we are most familiar with, as they are generally the best places to go to download stuff for Sims. Many creators have their own blogs and it's worth following them if you like their work. The two big sites out front host a lot of articles and should be visited by anyone interested in expanding their game. You can then explore people's tumblr / wordpress blogs and find creators whose work you like, follow them and enjoy a better Sims game. Some CC creators specialise in hair, some clothes and some create a mix of everything.

modthesims.info - Definitely my go-to, even if I don't use CC heavily. Everything on MTS is totally free and exceptionally well organized. This makes for an easy browsing experience. They present so much content that is almost everything you need to really beef up your game with CC. Of course, modthesims also has a lot of mods and many of the best mod creators in The Sims community are members there.

thesimsresource.com - TSR is also a high quality CC download site and, like MTS, also offers content for Sims 3. If you become addicted to CC, you may even want to join as a VIP, which makes it easy to mass download items and removes ads from the site.

sims4downloads.net - A site that looks at blogs, MTS and TSR for new CC and Mods. Basically a Sims 4 download news feed that can help you get some great content. You can browse by creator using their drop down box and discover talented artists.

Black's Sims Zoo - I've seen a variety of items here for download, although the site is in German. You'll have to register (just try to download something and you'll be asked). Fortunately, the word Download is international.

Tumblr: This link leads to content marked as sims-4-custom-content on tumblr, where many CC creators have an outlet to share their art. This can help you find creators you want to follow. It can be a good place to look for new content visually, although be careful because you'll have to visit some download sites that may have confusing links. Watch out for ads that say "download" and look for buttons like "Skip ad" so you can get past a full screen ad that looks like a download page!

LumiaLoverSims - I've seen some great hair jerseys while visiting this site, its design impressed me compared to other tumblr blogs I've visited.

kijiko-catfood.com - create beautiful hairstyles. On this site you can also find make-up, clothes and skin tones for your Sims.

thesimsperience.wordpress.com - She is a wonderful creator with a lot of content for Sims 4. I've seen some great recolor that you can install and it seems to be updated regularly with new content.

decayclownsims.tumblr.com - a lot of dark/goth CC that is quite cute. My only complaint is that the design of their site is rather confusing, even though the content itself is high quality and definitely fills a niche. At the time of writing, the next page button is on the left, in case you can't find it.

There are many, many bloggers I'm leaving out, but I'm just giving you a starting point. If you like a creator's work, follow them and you'll see their various updates. If you like a particular CC creator, share the link here and give them some exposure. I will check and add some of them to the list as well.

Note on Mod Help

Don't worry about asking us for help with problems with mod / cc. Go to the author of the mod on a forum / site he frequents or where he hosts his content. The mod author knows his job and can help you better than us, plus he might appreciate bug reports!

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