How to Download CC for Sims 4
Adding custom content (CC) or mods can add a new dimension to your vanilla Sims 4 game. From cosmetic packs to gameplay dynamics, custom content can turn your Sims game into something new and exciting. The only problem is…
Adding custom content to a game is very confusing, especially for players who have no experience with modding games.
So, if you’re ready to add something new to your Sims 4 game but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. Find out all the important details about adding custom content to your Sims 4 game.
How to Download CC for Sims 4
Before you download all those great mods and custom content for Sims 4, there are a few things you need to do first.
1. Make Sure Your Game Is Patched to the Latest Version
This first one is easy. Go to your game platform, and open your Game Library. Go to the Settings tab and select ‘’Update Game.’’
2. Have an Extraction Tool
This is another simple step and probably one you can skip if you already have an extraction tool to open compressed files. Most CC comes in files that end in suffixes like .rar and .zip, but you can’t put them in your Sims 4 game folder as is. You need to extract certain files first.
3. Mods/CC Is Enabled for Your Game
Sims 4 disables mods/CC by default, but this is an easy fix. To enable mods, follow the steps below:
- Launch the game.
- Go to the Menu and then Game Options.
- Select ‘’Other’’ and check the ‘’Enable Custom Content and Mods’’ box.
- Press the ‘’Apply Changes’’ button.
- Restart the game.
Remember to do these steps each time you download a new patch for the game because it resets it back to the default setting.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Windows 10
Once you have all the necessary tools, it’s time to download some custom content. When you find the content you want to add to your game, this is how you download and install it:
- Press the download button on the website where you found the content.
- Go to your Downloads folder and right-click on the content file.
- Select “Extract to…” with the content name to open the files in the same folder.
- Open the new content folder and cut all the ‘’.package’’ files.
- Paste them to your Sims 4 game folder. It probably looks like:
Documents>Electronic Arts> The Sims 4 > Mods
If you don’t already have a Mods folder, you can create one and paste everything there.
No additional action is needed for ‘’.package’’ files. Just start your game and enjoy your new content.
If you’ve downloaded mods that add venues or characters for your Sims to visit, these are called “lots.” You would download and install lots the same way, except for the file type and where it gets pasted.
So, look for files that end in:
These are typically the suffix for lot content. If you have these files, they go in your tray folder for the game:
Documents>Electronic Arts>The Sims 4>Tray
Lots aren’t automatically installed the way that ‘’.package’’ files are so you need to do an extra step when you start the game:
- Go to the ‘’Gallery’’ in your game (it’s the icon that looks like photos).
- Select ‘’My Library’’ and search for your new downloaded lots.
- Place the lot in your game.
Script custom content does things like adding custom animations and careers. Installing them is relatively similar to the way you install other mods. It also goes into the Mods folder, but these files have a ‘’.ts4script’’ suffix.
If you use custom scripts, make sure you have it enabled in your game by going to the Game Options in the Main menu and selecting the box that says ‘’Script Mods Allowed.’’
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Mac
Downloading custom content for Sims 4 happens the same way regardless of whether you’re on a Mac or PC. Check out the instructions above for step-by-step instructions on downloading different types of content files.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on PS4
PlayStation does not support custom content for Sims 4. The closest you may come to “other” content is The Gallery where other Simmers across different platforms upload their rooms, households, and lots for use. If a Simmer uses custom content, though, you still won’t be able to use it even if it comes from The Gallery.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Xbox
You can’t download custom content for Sims 4 on Xbox. However, like PlayStation players, you can use The Gallery to access new households, rooms, and lots that others in the Simmer community created and uploaded.
How to Download CC for Sims 4 on Origin
Downloading custom content for Sims 4 on Origin happens the same way as described in the Windows 10 directions above. You need to download and extract the content, cut the appropriate files, and paste them into your Sims 4 folder.
How to Create Mods for Sims 4
There are quite a few tutorials online about creating custom content for Sims 4. Most creators use a program like Sims 4 Studio (S4S) and another that’s able to save DDS files or Notepad, depending on the type of mod you want to create.
Keep in mind that the tutorials you find may differ depending on what you want it to do. Writing scripts to change animations is different from making cosmetic changes, so you’ll have to look those up on your own.
Where Do I Download Sims 4 Custom Content?
You can search online for Sims 4 custom content. Some content is available through a creator’s personal Tumblr, like Marvin Sims’ mens’ clothing line and Viiavi’s female fashion line. Websites like The Sims Resource and The Sims Catalog are also an option if you want to look at many different types of content in one place.
Should I Download CC for Sims 4?
Downloading custom content isn’t for everybody. Many CC users claim that it’s the only way that they can play the game as the vanilla Sims 4 gets boring after a while. Ultimately, though, the choice is up to you.
How Do I Add CC to Sims 4?
Adding custom content is as simple as downloading the file and cutting and pasting it to the appropriate folder. Just remember that you need to enable mods for your game, or the new content won’t appear.
How Do You Enable Mods on the Sims 4?
Enable mods in the Sims 4 by going to the Main menu and then ‘’Game Options.’’ Go to ‘’Other’’ and check the box that enables mods for the game. Make sure to press the ‘’Apply Changes’’ button before leaving the menu.
Give Your Game a Face-Lift
It may be time to pick up the Sims 4 again. Custom content can give an old, tired game a fresh look with new cosmetics, lots, and animations. If you’re a console player, you aren’t locked out of new content completely. Check out The Gallery to see what other Simmers are doing and get some new assets for your game.
Where’s your favorite place to find custom content for Sims 4? Let us know in the comments section below.