Sims 4: The Best Mods To Improve Gameplay

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The Sims 4 has a large community of players that create quirky and incredible mods for the game. If you can imagine it, there is probably already a mod for it.

From being able to adjust the height of your sim to letting them explore on their own, there are hundreds of mods from creators. This means that it can be hard to decide which ones to download first which is why we've put together a list of the best mods.

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Ultimately, the best mods for The Sims 4 are the ones that will improve your experience with the game and the ones that you get the most joy out of. If you are playing the game but want to cut some corners, we have a guide on the cheats for PC and Console. We also have a guide that shows you how to change the language on PC.

How To Install Mods

Before we get into mods for the game, you need to know how to install them. Compared to other PC Games, modding this one is quite simple. First, find the mod that you want to install and download the folder onto your computer. After that, follow these steps to install it into your game:

  • Find your Electronic Arts Folder (usually in Documents).
  • Open it and select "The Sims 4"
  • Select and open "Mods"
  • Copy or extract your downloaded mod file into the "Mods" folder.

The next thing you need to do is load into The Sims 4. When you are at the main screen before starting a new game or loading into an existing one, follow the next few steps:

  • Open up options (usually the three dots in the bottom right of your screen)
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  • Select "Game Options"
  • Select "Other"
  • Make sure that the box next to "Enable Custom Content and Mods" is ticked and green. This makes sure that the game knows to allow any downloads.
The Sims 4 installed mods screen. The image shows a small preview box that appears before you load into the game. The box lists all of the mods that you currently have installed in the game.

After doing those steps, your mods or custom content should automatically be installed in the game. The next time you load into The Sims 4 after adding a mod or custom content file to the "Mods" folder, you may be shown the above screen, which tells you the mods/custom content you currently have installed on the game.

The Best Mods For Improving Sims 4 Gameplay

We've curated some of the best mods available for The Sims 4, including cosmetic and gameplay features.

Healthcare Redux By adeepindigo

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Accidents, emergencies, and illnesses are a normal part of every day life, but are a little overlooked in Sims 4. That's where the Healthcare Redux mod comes in - it allows Sims to purchase medicine, get health insurance, and develop medical conditions and sicknesses. This mod adds a whole new world of medical assistance, that is almost too reminiscent of real life.

Have Some Personality Please! By PolarBearSims

The world of the Sims 4 is huge, and there are so many options for different Sim types and personalities. But after a while, they do run a little thin. We ask that the Sims Have Some Personality Please! Thankfully this mod does just that; Sims will be able to learn from each other, moods and traits will influence conversations, and even toddlers and pets will benefit from this by having more autonomy.

Faster Eating And Drinking By cyclelegs

This mod does as it says on the tin. The Faster Eating and Drinking mod just makes it quicker for Sims to feed and water themselves, instead of taking literal in-game hours to make a sandwich and then slowly eat it.

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Wonderful Whims Mod

Screenshot of the Wonderful Whims mod

It's no secret that your allowing your Sim to form romantic relationships can be tricky and dull after a while. The Wonderful Whims mod by TURBODRIVER on ModTheSims makes the romantic life of your Sim almost as complicated as it can be in real life. The mod adds a lot of small but significant alterations to the game such as details surrounding pregnancy or sims getting bored if their date talks too much.

Meaningful Stories

Screenshot of the Meaningful Stories mod

If you want your Sims to experience their emotions in more depth and for the humanity of each sim to be increased, this is the right mod. The Meaningful Stories mod lets your Sim experience their emotions in more detail and their moods can be affected by more environmental factors. They can also experience true happiness.

Melanin Pack 2 by xmiramira

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The Melanin Pack mod by xmiramira adds 52 new skin tones to the game and highly improved its diversity. The pack comes with 52 new skin tones, new make up and new blush. Xmiramira has focused on a quality update that improves an area that people have been waiting for EA to do for a while.

Better Build/Buy by TwistedMexi

The Better Build/Buy mod from TwistedMexi seriously improves the overall experience of creating your own world in The Sims 4. You can use a cheat to see all of the live edit objects but that leaves them all with odd names and hard to find. This mod has made it easier to view all of these objects and it has made it far easier to search for them in-game.

Playable Pets By andrew

Ever wonder what your pet is thinking or what they get up to when you aren't there? Well, now you can know in The Sims 4! The Playable Pets mod lets you take control of your furry friends within the game (you need to have the Cats and Dogs expansion though). The actual behavioural options of the animals don't change, so a dog cannot suddenly play the piano. However, you can guard the house or bark at your owner.

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Height Slider By GODJUL1

You can customise a lot of things about your Sim, right down to how visible their freckles are. However, one thing you cannot alter is the height of your Sim. This is where the Height Slider mod on ModTheSims comes in. This mod lets you alter the height of your Sim by dragging their feet in Create-A-Sim. it does make certain interactions between characters look a bit odd but it's worth it to be able to customise your Sim in more detail.

A Literal Gingerbread House By plumbobkingdom

Modding for The Sims 4 can allow you to download fully built and furnished houses that you can live in. All you need to do is put them into the game. This Gingerbread House mod adds a touch of festive cheer and fun to the game. You cannot eat it, but it 100% looks like a delicious gingerbread house that's full of festive cheer. The building is fully constructed with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms. A pre-constructed home can save you hours in-game.