If you're a fan of life simulation games, you'll be happy to hear that The Sims 4 has officially gone free to play. Although the expansion packs and DLCs will still cost money, you can download the base game for free and start playing today.
If you're wondering how to get access to the title yourself, take a look at our download guide below. With EA already teasing it's next Sims game, Project Rene, now is a great time to start playing the latest installment in the series.
Downloading the game on a PS5 and Xbox is pretty straight forward, but if you're hoping to pick up your free copy on Mac or PC, there are a few extra steps you have you have to go through. This is primarily due to the new EA app that is replacing Origin.
The next thing you'll need to have a firm grasp of is the interface in The Sims 4. The interface is a bit different than previous installments of the game, but it's fairly straightforward. You will be essentially interacting with objects and other sims. You will also need to pay attention to emotions and personal statuses.
EA Games first released The Sims 4 for Windows. The game launched in both disc and digital-only formats in 2014. However, many things have changed since then. To get The Sims 4, you must download the game using either Steam or the EA app.
The Sims 4 is an exciting and enjoyable game that allows players to exercise their creativity. And now that it's free-to-play, more people can jump into the fun. So, whether you're a PC enthusiast, a Mac devotee, an Xbox gamer, or a PlayStation fan, you can get The Sims 4 and be a part of SimNation.
If you want to keep playing the game while running macOS Lion, do not update The Sims 4 to any future game patches. You can read more on how to keep playing in our Answers HQ thread or by downloading The Sims 4 Legacy Edition.
Presume the next DLC will be SP32 then, instead of downloading several GB, it will be restricted to maybe 250 MB)For just (Pre-)Updates you do not need anything at all. Just play the game and it will be automatically updated to the latest version.
Follow the step 1 on this page, I feel like step 1 is fairly simple. Make sure if you did this process before; to download a new DLC Unlocker, and make sure you are downloading Unlocker v1 and NOT v2.
Once done with step one, the entitlements command should have instructed you to quit the sims 4 and origin. After you have quit, do NOT open again. You are now going to add your DLCs, and do not want to touch either origin/the game until you have completed this process.
I used the link Lamp left to download DLCs: -links-to-packs/I downloaded each pack individually from that page, and would highly recommend doing that, as I have no idea if there is any difference in what you would need to do if you download them all in one file.
Once each DLC downloads, I drag the finished iso file to my desktop. Then I double click it, and another file should be created on your desktop. Double click/open that new file, you should find a folder. Drag that folder onto your desktop. You can put the original iso file you downloaded in the trash, I kept the second file until after I finished the DLCs.
NOTE: you MUST be offline every time you run sims 4, or else you will not see your DLCs working. You can go online once in the game, but you will always need to be offline in origin to start your game.
still having issues with the red and white checkered mesh appearing all over the DLCs objects in CAS. I dont have any mods or cc installed, and have cleared cache in both origin and sims. and proceeded to redownload origin and sims as well.
I havev a problem, I already did the steps a more than 50 times and still doesnt work, the only pack that shows up is a free one (I dont own it) but the others dont show up, im stuck. Can somebody help me?
hi, i got a problem. I successfully downloaded the file and its alright but when it go the the map, it crushed and everything turns into question mark and my sims become red and white. Is there any way I could fix it? I removed all my mod and its still like this
Hi! I downloaded just 1 DLC and did the exact instructions but when I opened Sims, it says that I owned all packs and that I will get a notification once everything is done loading but I dont see any place on Sims or on Origin where I can see the downloading DLCs ? is this normal ?
Hey I have followed all the steps but i want to put the DLCs on an external drive because of storage issues. Is that possible? I have tried to do it and when i open sims 4 it says i have all the packs but when i play the game none of the features show up. Could you help?
All the dlcs worked until i installed 2 new dlcs now none of the packs show up in game, i ran the unlocker again and watched the vids and it still doesnt work, also my sims 4 packs folder appears twice for some reason
ok i get it but still nothing is showing up, i reinstalled origin and the dlc unlocker for mac and then everything again, do i put the DLC unlocker folder and the DLC folders together into the DLC folder in Installer of the sims 4 packs folder? or just put everything out??
so i followed the steps but nothing shows up?? and i cant go online in sims 4 because i have legacy edition so online access is disabled, i repaired the game in origin and redownloaded the DLC unlocker but nothing shows up in the game so idk if im doing it right or am i supposed to download the DLCs and put them somethere
i tried to download everything that it said i even went back and change my packs but when i put it under mods it doesnt work or when i did it under the sims 4 pack folder it still didnt work idk if im doing it wrong or not but everything i enter the game it doesnt say i own it im a mac user so i dont know thw problem
MAC USERS: hey for anyone having trouble with the packs being owned but not able to download when offline mode in the sims game: I realized I had the disks version and not the folder version free floating in the content folder. The folder versions of the DLC are inside the delta folder so just transfer those folders that are in the delta folder in the same content folder. It should work then.
First run the delete entitlements command then using Ccleaner or whatever you use to remove applications Uninstall Origin. restart computer. reinstall Origin. Sign back into origin let the game download or repair itself. Quit Origin make sure its closed. Then run Fix Origin cmd then reopen origin again stay online open your game while game is open and your online Run the Add fake cmd follow the steps. Close the game and origin again. Then reopen origin when it opens go to the top left menu bar where is says accounts click that and select go off-line then open your game library and open the game.
MAC USERSif u have a mac download the ISO format only, it will only work with the iso one. once u had downloaded it click on the file then a folder will appear, then open a new finder window and search for The Sims 4 Packs. if u found it place the folder into the The Sims 4 Packs folder then do what STEP 1 says. It should work fine after this ?
Guys The Files work fine you just need to run delete cmd and uninstall origin. Re-install, let the game download, close origin then run the FIX cmd. Then reopen origin while being online run FAKE cmd follow steps and your golden.
this worked for me. I had to reinstall my game and packs I already bought. Direct download the iso files and drag the folder into packs folder. run the fix orgin command. start orgin, go offline, start game
omg this is the only comment that helped me. except after i added the iso files to the sims 4 packs, i did step one again and then followed the rest of the instructions and it worked!! also fyi you have to click on the iso thingy and THEN it opens the iso folder, that is what you put in the game.
okay i think im on the right track this time, theres one huge issue blocking me though. whenever i open the sims, it automatically opens origin to boot it up. how can i prevent this from happening? im on macbook with the legal base game btw! thank you ^^
hello! i need some help with getting the packs into my game. i am sure i am doing something wrong. i have went through every instruction carefully, put my desired dlcs into the sims 4 folder inside contents (the folder you can access by right clicking the sims 4 app and going into packaging contents). i have reinstalled my game and the dlc unlocker several times, i go offline in origin, etc. i am just having an issue with getting my dlcs in, ive mounted the isos and everything, am i putting it them the right folder? im concerned on why they arent getting into the actual game. im on a macbook if that helps, thank you!
I DID get it to work, including the wedding stories pack and all kits. I you have trouble getting some kits to work, and not the wedding stories pack, your DLC unlocker is outdated. You would need to download the newest DLC unlocker (NOT v2 but V1) from the CS RIN forum. You can download it here: =20&t=104412
I did download the missing packs but they still do not show up unfortunately. I followed the instructions too and the unlocker worked with all the other packs (except the new wedding game pack and the last six kits)
hey! so ive used this before and it really worked,but out of a sudden,it stopped working.ive checked the folders,redownloaded origin dlc installer,but nothing works!! does anyone know why?*im on mac btw
when I re-download the unlocker (so I can get the newer kits + wedding game pack) I get no prompt to download a newer version. the rest of the packs work with unlocker in its current state though. what should I do?
A plain thank you isnt right With a slow internet I reformatted my SSD and added an extra space drive Downloaded origin and logged i to and downloaded the free base game I grabbed years ago when they were giving it away for free and set about using your very clear instructions to download every pack which took me almost two days Has worked perfectly ever since with my 15 GB of mods my tray folder and save file all working perfectly well Just added the new kits content and after two restarts All working perfectly well THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU You are the most amazing person on the Internet 2b1af7f3a8