The Sims 4 Cheats | All cheat codes and debugging options for every occasion

Tipsglorious cheaters: they are so essential The Sims series that it is difficult to imagine playing without them. The Sims 4 is no exception, with a frankly staggering number of cheat codes and debugging interactions that put you in control of even more aspects of your Sims’ lives than you’re technically supposed to.

You don’t even need to consider Star Wars mods (probably) with The Sims Star Wars expansion.

How to Use Sims 4 Cheats

Open cheat console

On PC, press Ctrl + Shift + C to open the cheat console. A text box will appear at the top left of the screen for you to type and enter your cheat commands.

On Xbox One or PS4, hold all four shoulder buttons at once to open the cheat console.

Enable debug hints

Most of the cheats on this list require you to enable in-game cheat testing or debugging before you can enable them. In my experience, leaving debug cheats enabled in the background doesn’t interfere with your gameplay in any way, and it’s a good anti-frustration feature when you want to cheat quickly.

To enable debug cheats in your game, type the following into the cheat console: true cheat test.

A notification should appear below the console letting you know the cheats have been enabled.

You can disable them again by entering fake cheat test.

Sims 4 Money Cheats

Many gamers – myself included – simply can’t imagine The Sims without money cheats. Even people who strive to avoid cheat codes in other areas of the game often aren’t averse to using a few when they first start out.

  • kaching: Deposits 1,000 Simoleons in the active household fund.
  • Rosebud: Older fans who remember the first The Sims will be delighted to hear that it has finally made a return to The Sims 4! It is functionally identical to kaching and deposits 1,000 simoleons into the active household fund.
  • mother lode: Deposit 50,000 Simoleons into the active household fund.
  • Silver [number]: Sets the active household funds to the given amount.
  • FreeRealEstate on: Makes all residential lots free to move in. (Apartment deposits become free but you still have to pay rent.)

Sims 4 Cheats

Changing a Sim’s Appearance

In ordinary gameplay, The Sims 4 lets you use a mirror or dresser to re-enter a limited version of Create-A-Sim at any time. You can use it to change a Sim’s outfits, makeup and accessories, hair color and style, and more. As of patch 113, you can also change a Sim’s likes and dislikes.

However, there are quite a few things you cannot change about your Sim using a mirror, including their body shape, facial structure, skin tone and eye color, traits and aspirations, gender customization, etc.

In order to fully reintegrate CAS and mod your Sim without restrictions, you need to enable debugging cheats (see above). Walk in CAS.fulleditmode in the cheat console, then Shift + Click on your Sim. You should see an option called Full CAS edit mode. Clicking it will instantly return the entire household to the full character creator.

Changing a Sim’s Personality and Other Character Values

The vast majority of cheat codes in The Sims 4 relate in some way to character values. Many of them cannot be edited even in CAS full edit mode. If you want to revise any aspect of a character’s simology, check out the table below, as there’s probably a cheat for that:

Sims 4 Build Mode Cheats

Despite the game’s mixed reception in other areas, The Sims 4’s build mode is widely hailed as the franchise’s best to date. However, there are still some restrictions on your creativity that you may prefer to see removed. Enter the following tips to give you a little more freedom when designing your Sims’ world.

  • bb.moveobjects: Removes restrictions governing where objects can be placed. This can very easily result in buildings that Sims can’t actually interact with, but a surprising amount of times you’ll find that Sims can still interact with objects as long as they aren’t completely blocked.
  • bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement: Unlocks all career rewards in build/buy mode. (Note that this doesn’t unlock career rewards in Create-A-Sim, though.)
  • bb.showhiddenobjects: Enables all debug elements in buy mode. You can see them all by entering the word debug into the build/purchase search bar. (You’ll need a bit of patience to search for the one you want, as they all have the same name, so there’s no way to narrow down the search.) Many items such as fish, plants , etc. do not function normally when accessed in this way, so this cheat should be considered for decorative purposes only.
  • bb.showliveeditobjects: Gives you access to environmental objects that you can only see in out-of-bounds areas during regular gameplay, such as vehicles. These items have no in-game function but can be used decoratively. You need to enable the Show Hidden Items cheat (above) before you can see them in buy mode.
  • bb.enablefreebuild: This cheat allows you to edit hidden lands, which in The Sims 4 are all lands that you cannot access directly from the map (including actual secret lands, active workplaces, supernatural underworlds, and the mountain peak of Mount Komorebi). Go to any lot you want to modify, then enter this cheat to gain full control over the build/purchase. This must be done when your active Sims are on the lot you want to edit. You can also use it to modify other Sims homes when you visit them and modify regular community lots. Note that you cannot use this cheat to modify areas that are not part of a lot, such as public walkways between houses in residential neighborhoods or shared areas in apartment buildings.

Additionally, you can resize objects by holding Shift + [ or Shift + ]. It’s not so much a cheat as a hidden feature, but it can be very useful when building.

Resized objects retain their functionality. Just be aware that Sims’ animations when interacting with the object will remain the same, even if it’s now much larger or smaller than it should be. The results can be hilarious or unnerving, but are rarely photogenic.

Finally, by clicking on a roof and using Shift + C gives you more freedom to manipulate roof shapes.

Sims 4 Camera Cheats

These aren’t so much cheats as features that aren’t easily advertised in the game itself. They strip out the in-game UI and give you more freedom to move the camera around, which is useful if you’re trying to capture a particular shot or gameplay clip. Note that you cannot actively control your Sims while using them.

  • Hurry Tongue to switch Cameraman mode. In this mode, you can zoom in and out much further than is possible in a regular game, and pan around to see areas of the current neighborhood that would normally be hidden off-screen.
  • Hurry Shift + Tab to switch First person mode. Your point of view will now be that of your currently controlled Sim. While the “camera” is now where your Sim’s head is as they move, you have complete freedom to rotate your view in ways that couldn’t be naturally achieved. In other words, you can turn “your” head 360 degrees in all axes (and it’s pretty disturbing to find yourself staring at your own back).

Sims 4 Quality of Life Tips

There are a lot of debug cheats in The Sims 4. As mentioned above under Character Cheats, once you enable test cheats, you’ll be surprised how many things in the game you can click on. with the Shift key to see their debugging functions. There are far too many to go into detail about them, but here are a few of my favorites:

Teleport here

Whether they’ve slipped into a grove or suddenly forgotten how the stairs work, it’s just a fact of life that sometimes Sims get stuck.

Luckily, if it’s a Sim in your active household, you have a few options before you’re forced to start demolishing gardens and knocking down walls to free them. Shift + Click on the ground and select Teleport here for a quick solution to the immediate problem.

Then you can figure out what interrupted their journey without worrying about keeping their needs high in the meantime.

Eco-friendly lifestyle: instantly repeals NAP

If you’ve installed the Eco Lifestyle EP, you’ll probably think some of the Neighborhood Action Plans (NAPs, for short) introduced in the pack are pretty awesome! Others… not so much.

I’m mainly talking about NAP Sharing is Caring, which allows NPCs to sting anything that isn’t nailed and also most things that are. (I don’t know how Francine Spencer managed to fit a full counter in her back pocket, but she did, and now I have to buy a new one.) But really, any NAP can be boring if done sneakily voting in a neighborhood where you played a role in a very different way.

You can revoke unwanted NAPs through the game, but it’s a time-consuming process with no guarantee of success. Luckily, with cheat tests enabled, you can click on your active household’s mailbox and you’ll see an option to Instantly repeal the NAP. A context menu will give you a list of active NAPs to choose from. Yeet Sharing is taking care of the sun and you can get on with your life without worrying that your next door neighbor is about to literally walk away with your kitchen sink.

You can also use the same mailbox debug menu to Instantly Adopt NAP. In effect, this allows you to simply set the four NAPs for the neighborhood to whatever you want immediately if you prefer, removing the risk of the game imposing one on you.

That’s it for The Sims 4 cheats, and have fun using them! For more on The Sims 4, check out our building tips and tricks guide, as well as our first look at what should be The Sims 5…Project Rene.

Comments are closed.