30 BEST Sims 4 Mods: Top Picks (2022)

Dylan Crosbie
Dylan Crosbie
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If you’ve been playing The Sims long enough, you might have found the game to grow dull. However, installing some of The Sims 4 mods can spice up your game. Since the base game has gone free-to-play, there is an influx of new players. Plus, EA has also teased The Sims 5 – or Project Rene – which adds even more customization options!

While you can buy all the stuff packs and expansions, it can cost you 40$ a piece. Additionally, some of the game packs are just not worth it. However, by installing The Sims 4 mods, you can personalize your game experience for free. That is why here are our top 30 mods that we highly recommend!


How to Install The Sims 4 Mods

This step might be intimidating if you’ve never installed Sims 4 mods before. One of the biggest reasons we hesitated from installing mods was because it seemed complicated. However, it’s straightforward and no harder than simply locating the correct folder.

Use the following steps to locate your mods folder and ensure the mod settings in The Sims 4 are on.

Installing The Sims 4 Mods on Windows

Enabling mods is easy in The Sims 4
After downloading the mod of your choice, you need to enable custom mods in the game – Source: itsmeTroi
  1. After downloading the mod, you’ll find a .rar or .zip file in your downloads folder. You’ll need to unzip the folder first before you can use it.
  2. Once the file is unzipped, move the mod to the Sims 4 mods folder. You can find this folder using the following path:
    Drive Letter > Users > User Name > Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods. If the mods folder doesn’t exist, you’ll need to create your own folder in this location.
  3. Open The Sims 4 and go to the options menu. Then switch to the “game options” tab and select the “other” tab. Next, ensure you’ve ticked “enable custom content and mods“.
  4. Lastly, relaunch your game, and your Sims 4 mods will be installed and working.

Installing The Sims 4 Mods on Mac

Download and install the mods in the Mods folder within The Sims 4
The Mods folder can be found inside The Sims 4 folder – Source: UkePinay Sims
  1. After downloading the mod, you’ll find a .rar or .zip file in your downloads folder. You’ll need to unzip the folder first before you can use it.
  2. Next, using finder, locate your documents. Then follow this path:
    documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods. If the mods folder doesn’t exist, you’ll need to create your own folder in this location.
  3. Open The Sims 4 and go to the options menu. Then switch to the “game options” tab and select the “other” tab. Next, ensure you’ve ticked “enable custom content and mods“.
  4. Lastly, relaunch your game, and your Sims 4 mods will be installed and working.

Can I Install Mods On The Sims 4 Free Version?

The Sims 4 is finally free-to-play!
The Sims 4 promotional art.

Now that you know how to download and install mods for The Sims 4 on Windows and Mac, let’s take a look at whether or not you can install mods in the free version. Since the base version of The Sims 4 has gone free-to-play, many players were wondering if they can use mods or do they have to purchase some expansion packs for it.

The good news is that you can download and install mods for The Sims 4 free version without any issues. Plus, after the recent live stream discussing the future of The Sims, EA has announced that they will allow special mods support as well. Consider this just like the Steam Workshop where creators can share their mods and get verified as well!


Top 30 Best The Sims 4 Mods

Since there are tons of mods that you can download for The Sims 4, we have divided them into various sections. So, if you want to look for specific mods like Create a Sim, Build mods, or more, you can easily find them down below!

We have tested all these mods and once you get used to them, you will not be able to go back! Without further ado, let’s dive right in and get started.

Create-A-Sim Mods

Firstly, let’s take a look at some of the best CAS mods. These mods will help you create a better Sim that is more expressive and has more options in terms of personality and clothing. These mods will enhance your overall experience and will feel more attached to your created character.

1

New Personality Traits

New Personality Traits

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There are a ton of personality traits to choose from when creating your sim. Each one uniquely interacts with another – giving us a new experience each time. However, if you’ve played the Sims 4 as long as we have, you might have grown bored of the default traits.

This mod allows you to add more than one personality trait to the game. While there are many additional personality trait mods, they’re usually just one trait. You’ll need to install a bunch of them individually. However, with this mod installed, you’ll be able to lead at least three at a time.

Download the mod and get ready to play with new traits for your Sims and pets!


2

Height Sliders Sims 4 Mod

Height Sliders
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Sims 4 is diverse regarding body types, gender preferences, pronouns, and skin tones. However, one thing it doesn’t have is height diversity. All adults are the same height.

This Sims 4 mod allows you to change the height of your sim in create-a-sim! Now you can have taller Sims or even Sims with stunted growth. A whole new group of people can now be represented within the game. Besides, playing with height is always fun.


3

Stand Still in CAS

Standing still during CAS is quite useful
Your Sim standing perfectly still during CAS.

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While creating your Sims, it can be quite annoying if they are constantly moving around. While it might seem like fun at first, it gets pretty annoying quickly. I used to love it when my Sims used to move around in their animations during CAS.

However, after playing the game for so long and creating thousands of Sims, I want them to stand still when I am customizing their appearance. So, if you don’t want to wait while your Sim is moving around and acting wacky, download this mod and have an easier time customizing them!


4

Whisper Eyes

The whisper eye mod looks beautiful
Look at those beautiful eye contacts!

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While The Sims 4 offers a huge amount of options when it comes to customization, it never hurts to have more. The game has a lot of eye colors but this mod adds new contacts that allow you to have unique pupils. This will make your Sims look beautiful.

The subtle colors will want you to look at your Sims’ eyes all day long! The best part about this is that you can change the eye color of all types of Sims. Whether you are a vampire, alien, or anything else, you can change your eye color to whatever color you want.


The Sims 4 Build Mods

The build mods are something that I consider to be quite crucial. These mods enhance your overall experience and once you use them, you can never go back. Installing these mods will allow you to have more build options and will improve the already amazing build mode.

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TOOL Mod

TOOL Mod
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The TOOL mod literally Takes Objects Off Lot. When using the mod, you’ll be able to place and remove objects around your lot. In addition, it gives you complete control over objects, including their rotation and positions.

We can’t recommend this mod enough if you’re a builder in the Sims! You can edit the neighborhood around you, making it a beautiful paradise for all!


6

Better Build/Buy

Better Build/Buy
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For those master builders, a better build/buy is the mod you didn’t even know you needed. It revamps the UI, adding even more rows and a better filtration system – no more scrolling for years.

Additionally, it makes finding debug items so much easier! Without cheats, this Sims 4 mod places debug items into easy-to-find categories. The mod also adds color swatches to debug items for better customization.


7

Small Starter House

This small starter house is perfect as your first house
This small minimalistic house looks amazing!

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If you are just starting a new game, this small minimalistic starter house is a perfect choice. It has a kitchen with a dining table, a bedroom with a bathroom, a garage, and a pool area. You will find everything you can need in a starter house.

Keep in mind that the car outside is just for decorative purposes since The Sims 4 doesn’t have cars. Also, you’ll need the following expansion packs to run this mod:

  • Eco Lifestyle
  • Get Famous
  • City Living
  • Get Together
  • Get to Work
  • Dream Home Decorator
  • Spa Day
  • Moschino

8

Luxury Mansion

This luxury mansion has everything you can dream of!

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Let’s move on from the starter house to a luxury mansion. This mansion has everything that you can dream of. 4 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a gym, spa, library, family room, kitchen, living room, and much more!

The best part about this is that you can see the beautiful view as well from your lawn if you decide to place chairs there. While this isn’t the largest mansion that you might have seen, it is perfect for a humble – yet luxurious – lifestyle.


9

Modern Kitchen

The Modern Kitchen pack includes a lot of new additions
This pack includes a lot of modern stuff for your kitchen.

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The last mod that I will be talked about in the Build section is the Modern Kitchen Pack. It is a massive mod that adds tons of new items to your kitchen to make it look modern. From ceiling lamps to cabinets, you can find it all. It adds over 45 items that you can buy.

On top of that, there are 6 new colors added as well which allows you to customize your kitchen even further. Plus, you can even use these colors in other rooms as well if you want to. If you love modern furniture and appliances in your kitchen, this is the perfect mod for you.


The Sims 4 QOL/Random Mods

Finally, we have the quality of life and random mods for The Sims 4. These mods – while random – are extremely useful and will improve the gameplay. You can do so many things such as making the entire education system better or having a dedicated menu to have more choices.

10

MC Command Center

MC Command Centre
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The Sims 3 had an excellent cheat UI that helped players choose which cheats they’d like to use. However, we must say that the Sims 4 has made using cheats a little uncomfortable.

However, the MC Command Center mod adds an easy way to use cheats again in the game. Mainly cheats centered around your sim. This mod is great if you’ve ever wanted control over the smaller things in sim life.

You’ll be able to edit things such as pregnancy chance or bill frequency. Here you’ll be able to find a general overview of what you’ll be able to do with this Sims 4 mod.


11

Education Overhaul

Education Overhaul
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Over the past two years, long-distance learning has become the preferred study method for many. This Sims 4 mod pack allows online learning and completely overhauls the education system.

For example, Toddlers have the option to go to preschool, where they develop toddler skills. So they have their needs met and take the worry off your household. It also introduces new school interactions like field trips and detention. There are also options of military schools for the most mischievous teenage Sims.


12

Turbo Careers

Turbo Careers
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The Get to Work expansion allows you to follow your sim to work. For example, as a doctor, there are now multiple tasks you need to ensure your Sims completes. Turbo Careers is a Sims 4 mod that applies this to all the careers in-game.

Your chef sim will need to perform multiple cooking tasks. Or an athlete will need to go to the gym each day. There is a wide variety of careers to choose from and which tasks they need to complete. You can find the entire list here.

Lastly, you’ll be able to build workplaces either from scratch or by importing them from the library.


13

Have Some Personality Please!

Have Some Personality
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We’re blown away by the development of this mod and how it completely changes the gameplay. The mod looks at your sim’s traits and uses them to select social interactions. So instead of your Sims randomly talking about the weather or last week’s news, they’ll have exciting social interactions.

Sims will be forced to choose a social interaction such as friendly introductions or playing pranks. On the other hand, you can expect to see more first kisses from new couples, more jokes, and even more, mean interactions. But, of course, it all depends on your Sims traits.


14

Wonderful Whims

Wonderful whims

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The Wonderful Whims mod for The Sims 4 adds an extra layer of realness and unpredictability to your world. This affects things like attractiveness and personality. It also adds birth control options, Crabs/STD, additional relationship features, pregnancy, sweating, and boredom.

There’s a lot to unpack in the Wonderful Whims mod; it can even be overwhelming at first. Luckily, everything can be tweaked or changed according to your preferences. My favorite thing from the mod is the additional personality archetypes and social interactions that allow you to express yourself better.

It’s definitely worth trying it out if you’re looking for mods to spice your Sims 4 game up.


15

Meaningful Stories

Meaningful Stories

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The Meaningful Stories mod adds new emotions and moods to The Sims 4. It’s a combination of big and small tweaks that gave the system a redesign to help make every Sim feel more human than ever before.

The mod makes the events in each Sims’ life feel more fruitful and realistic, making managing their lives a whole new aspect. A tutorial in-game teaches you everything you need to know about the mod. There’s also a new in-game settings menu that allows you to tweak everything according to your playstyle.

The Meaningful Stories mod helps make the Sims feel more alive and unpredictable, just like the real world.


16

Custom Food Interactions

Custom Food Interaction
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The Sims 4 community has noticed barely any variations in cooking actions. The interactions look the same whether they make grilled cheese or a grand meal.

Custom Food Interactions doesn’t only fix this but adds a wide variety of foods to the game. This Sims 4 mod brings dishes like tandoori chicken, new salads, new pies, and much more to the game!

If your sim is a chef or you like dabbling in culinary skills, this mod is for you!


17

Daily Save Mod

Daily Save Mod
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Let’s be honest. We’ve all been through that heart-stopping moment when our game crashes or our PC shuts down. You freeze as you realize that you’ve just lost all your progress. While Sims 4 does have an auto-save feature, it only happens periodically.

That’s where the Daily Save Mod comes in. Using 7 rotating slots, the game will save after each day in the Sims. So if your sim dies or you make a mistake, simply go back a day and load the save.


18

Sim Dating App Sims 4 Mod

SimDa Dating App

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Have you been looking at spicing up your sim’s dating life? This mod adds a dating app to the game that ramps things up. Using your Sims’ phone, you can organize a particular date, blind date, or one-night stand with any NPC in your game.

You’re able to choose the location of your date as well as other specifics. But that’s just the start of it. Blind dates allow sims that are non-single and of all ages to meet up with your sim. So if you’re feeling bold, let the drama unfold.

Lastly, the mod adds a dating chatroom that you can access via phone, tablet, or computer. This will boost your social bar, even if your sim doesn’t go on a date.


19

Fairies Sims 4 Mod

Fairies Mod
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The Fairies mod brings back fairies from the Sims 3 Supernatural. We have to say, it was great playing around with fairies, and it brought back a lot of nostalgia.

The mod works just like the fairies from Supernatural, allowing them to have auras that affect those around them. Additionally, your Sims will have customisable wings. To become a fairy, you’ll need to plead with a new item called the fairy tree.


20

Ravasheen’s Bunk Beds

Ravasheen's Bunk Beds

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Bunk beds have been a growing trend because of the space that you can save. They are lifesavers in small apartments and rooms, giving you a ton of extra space for other activities while still being able to sleep comfortably at night.

Ravasheen’s Bunk Beds mod brings the real-life trend into the world of The Sims. The beds all have a modernized and stylish look that fits in any room. The mod also features various designs and types, from loft beds, bunk beds, toddler beds, ladders, chairs, and even tables.

The best thing about the mod is that you can mix and match your own designs and create your own personal space under loft beds. They are all so cozy-looking that it simply makes you want to stay in bed all day.


21

Murphy Bed Fixes

Murphy Bed Fixes
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If you’ve been following the tiny house movement, you’ve probably heard of the Tiny Living Stuff Pack. This pack adds many new items to play around with if you’re a major Sims 4 fan or builder. One of these items is the Murphy bed.

A bed that folds up into the wall sounds excellent for space-saving. However, the base game causes these beds to malfunction way too much. That’s where this Sims 4 mod comes in. It fixes the Murphy bed ‘bugs’, causing them to malfunction less. It also saves you the worry of your sim dying from being crushed.


22

Stoves and Cooking in Dorms

Stoves and Cooking in Dorms
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College students near an open flame or stove? That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. While we can see why the Sims developers don’t allow stoves and cooking in dorms, it’s annoying. Some see it as a bonus challenge – while others find it unrealistic.

However you feel about the stove ban in Discover University, this Sims 4 mod solves the problem. Students living in dorms and residences can now use stoves and grills.


23

Better Babies & Toddlers

Better Babies and Toddlers
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Often when a sim has a baby, we tend to entirely skip the baby phase. It’s more than easy to just age them up. If you’ve installed the Parenthood Game Pack, there are new interactions with toddlers and children. However, the base game is still somewhat lacking.

The better babies & toddlers mod fixes this issue. Now there are more interactions and moodiest for your newborn baby. Additionally, more interactions with toddlers are available, such as teaching them to say, mommy.

It’s important to note that this mod pack requires the Mood Pack mod to work.


24

Automatic Beards

Automatic Beards

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The Automatic Beards mod for the Sims 4 allows all your Sims from male young adults, adults, and elders to grow facial hair. You can then customize and activate the beard on any sink object you can find in the game.

This mods a bit of realism to your Sims’ life because it grows over time, just like in real life. There are also various options to customize how fast it grows and its color. You can make it grow as fast as 1.5 days or as long as 12.5 days.

Additionally, the Automatic Beards mod also includes a trimming and shaving feature that allows you to grow shorter lengths to create unique looks. You can even match your beard’s look with the various seasons if you’ve got the Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack for a themed look.


25

Default Easel Paintings Replace

Default Easel Paintings
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Unless you have a fantastic sim artist on your hands, most of the artwork is mediocre. Even a maxed-out art skill produces underwhelming artwork. While you can take your sim around the world and paint from reference, there’s an easier way to fix this.

The default easel paintings replace mod changes the generic artworks in the game. Now, your Sims can paint masterpieces that Picasso would be proud of. Most of the paintings are contemporary, but they add a splash of style to your home.


26

ATM, Credit Cards, and Loans

ATM, Credit Cards and Loans
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Credit cards and loans in the Sims 4? Sounds great! Expect when you start to miss payments. This mod now adds loans and credit cards to the game. Your sim will be able to take out a loan to build their dream home. Alternatively, they’ll now be able to buy items on credit.

However, you will need to ensure they don’t miss any installments or payments. Not only does it have dire consequences, but it can cause negative moodlets.


27

Deadly Spellcaster

Deadly Spellcaster
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Ah, Spellcasters. An occult sim-type that adds magic to the game. However, how can we forget the witches from the Sims 2 Apartment living? Even the Supernatural pack from the Sims 3 was great. While Realm Of Magic has spiced up the magic of the Sims 4, it lacks a bit of sinister gameplay.

This mod introduces brand new spells for your Spellcasters to learn. While they may not make food appear, they have harsh effects on the sim of your choice. You can spread havoc throughout your game, using deadly spells or curses. Dark magic, here I come.


28

OMSP Shelf

OMSP Shelf

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Finally done decorating your fully furnished house in the Sims 4, but there are still a lot of open spaces? Well, the OMSP Shelf mod can help you out. This mod allows you to select and add shelves to your house for a more cozy vibe.

It’s one of the simplest mods, yet it somehow makes a huge impact on the overall feel and looks of your interior design. There’s just something about having shelves or countertops filled with various items that make a home, well, homey.

The shelves are thick enough to cover a kitchen counter or the top of a fridge and can be hidden to make the items appear like they’re actually on top. You can also adjust the height and the number of small, medium, or large items on it. It also costs nothing in-game and can be found in the shelf category.


29

Choose Roommates

Choose Roommates
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For some, the Sims 4 University is excellent – for others, not so much. When your sim is sorted into a dorm with a bunch of townies, it can get hard to control your game. In addition, we all want the perfect university story, which can be hard to achieve with random NPCs.

The Choose Roommates mod allows you to pick which roommates your sim will live with. This additional control can go a long way. The best part? You won’t need to control the roommates – they won’t be part of your household.


30

No Empty Venues Sims 4 Mod

No Empty Venues
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Has your sim ever needed social interactions, stat? Of course, they have. The best solution is to go to a club or other venue. Your hopes are high, and you’re sure your sim will find new friends or even some romance. However, upon arrival, you find the event to be almost vacant. What gives?

Well, this mod ensures that every venue your Sims go-to is always bustling! No more empty venues mean plenty of socializing and sim drama.


How to Change Your Loading Screen in The Sims 4?

The Sky loading screen is subtle and looks great
Sky Loading Screens by Debbiepearl

The default loading screen in The Sims 4 can get quite dull and boring to look at. If you have a fast PC, you can get past the loading screen relatively quickly. However, most of the time, you will have to look at your loading screen for a good minute or two.

Luckily, you can change your loading screen and add custom ones! Looking at a new and customized screen can make the game interesting and fun. To change your loading screen in The Sims 4, you need to:

  • Use your File Explorer and travel to: Documents > Electronic Arts >The Sims 4 > Mods.
    • If you do not have the Mods folder, you can create it by pressing right-click and selecting New>Folder.
  • Download a custom loading screen from a Sims creator or Nexus Mods.
    • Loading screens have a .package at the end of them.
  • Move the .package file into The Sims 4 Mods folder.

Note: Make sure that you only have one loading screen in your game at a time. Having more than one can cause issues and might cause the game to crash as well.

How to Add Custom Events in The Sims 4?

Interface of The Sims 4 Studio
The Sims 4 Studio interface.

Another question that most players have is how they can add custom events to their game. Since The Sims 4 has various events over the year, you can add yours to immerse yourself and have fun. Not all of these events need to have a grand scale.

You can add custom events like having a sleepover or a bake sale. They keep the game interesting and make the world feel more alive. One of my favorite events to add is the high school reunion or a fishing trip/girls’ night out. To add a custom event, you must:

  • Download and install The Sims 4 Studio.
  • After that, extract a pre-existing social event from the “Extract Tuning” found under the “Tools” tab.
  • Modify it to your liking.
  • Name the custom event and save it.

Keep in mind that creating a custom event from scratch can be quite difficult and overwhelming for a new player. However, if you change pre-existing events a bit, you can get the hang of how codes work for events in The Sims 4.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you find at least one mod on this list that you’d like to try out. Adding mods to your Sims 4 game makes all the difference to your gameplay.

Whether you want all your venues to be packed or want to wreak havoc – these mods are great. Let us know which mods you’ve tried out in the comments below.

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