Electronic Arts frequently releases updates and patches for The Sims 4. When this happens, people may experience crashes during the game. Most often, however, mods are the culprits for game corruption. Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to keep your game going well.
The Sims 4 team does a great job of letting people know about the updates. If you follow @TheSims on Twitter, the company shares detailed information after each patch update. The Sims 4 website also dedicates an entire page to each patch released.
Sometimes the company also releases patch notes after further expansion to elaborate on the new details of the pack. However, most of the time, they target bug fixes and other unintended issues.
When EA releases a patch update for The Sims 4, you need to install it. On Windows, Origin automatically installs the updates by default. It informs you that the game needs to be updated, and you must then close the game before the update can be downloaded. After Origin installs the update and relaunch the game, the client informs you that all mods have been disabled.
Before all of that, however, there are steps you can take to prepare for an update to The Sims 4.
How to prepare for a patch update
There are a few things you can do before you even install an update to avoid future game crashes or interruptions.
Disable automatic updates
If Origin is configured to automatically update The Sims 4 and you have installed mods, chances are errors will occur. Even if you are in the game, Origin will notify you that an update has been released.
If you’re playing Sims 4 and don’t want to turn off the game for an update, no problem! If you turn off automatic updates, you can choose to download the updates later. It also gives you the opportunity to prepare your files.
To do this, select “Origin” in the top left of your Origin client, then select “Application settings”. In the “Application” menu, deactivate “Automatic game updates”. The green cursor will turn gray to indicate that automatic updates are disabled.
Save your “Sims 4” files
Many players use external hard drives to save their games. Copying a video game folder to an external hard drive is always the safest choice. If your main computer crashes and you have never saved your backups elsewhere, your files are probably lost forever. An external hard drive solves this problem.
It is recommended that you back up your files before each patch, and at least twice a month, in case your computer’s hard drive crashes.
For this exercise, just copy your Sims 4 folder to your desktop. We don’t need to make a real backup, so we’ll just temporarily move a copy to the side.
On Windows 10, the default location for Sims 4 is C: Electronic Arts The Sims 4 Mods. Go to your Mods folder, then click and drag the folder to your desktop. EA always disables custom content for each patch update, but perform this step anyway as an extra precaution.
Depending on the size of your Sims 4 folder, this may take some time.
Update “The Sims 4” in Origin
Now is the time to download and install the update. After moving your mods folder to your desktop, go to the Origin app, right-click The Sims 4, then select “Update.”
What to do after a patch update
After installing a patch update, it is recommended to launch The Sims 4 with the mods disabled. Wait after this step to move the “Mods” folder from your desktop to the Sims 4 folder.
Launch The Sims 4. When the Sims 4 client informs you that personalized content is disabled, click “OK”; We will reactivate it later.
Play with different game features to make sure everything is working properly, then close the game without saving.
Important: If you save the game before replacing your Mods folder, some content may be deleted from your saved game. Later, after moving your Mods folder back to The Sims 4 folder, households may be broken or not load properly. Some Sims may also lack personalized content, such as hair and clothing. If this happens, you may need to load each Sims home with missing content individually.
The “Create Sim” screen will not automatically load what your Sims wore before, nor will it load missing items from batches. To repair broken households, launch a saved game, then select “Manage households” at the top right of the world menu.
Click on the household you wish to modify, then click on the Pencil icon (“Modify, add or delete Sims from the household in Create a Sim” appears.) You will have to retype all your broken Sims. You can either replace or reuse the custom content that was missing when reloading the game.
You can avoid this altogether if you close the client without saving when testing a new patch.
The Sims 4 folder automatically generates a new “Mods” folder after closing the game. A “Resource.cfg” file will be the only thing in this folder. You have to delete this recreated folder before moving your original “Mods” folder from your desktop to your Sims 4 folder.
How to update mods
Most larger mods like MC Command Center Created by Deaderpool, require updated files that must be downloaded after each update to the EA patch. If you are in the dedicated script Discord Chain, announcements are made with each version and direct you to the recent download file.
For other mods, most creators post updates on their websites or social media accounts. In some cases, you can also review the mod page to see if the creator has released an updated version. This can be particularly annoying, however, if you can’t remember where you originally found a mod.
However, most mods have a preview image in the creator’s game. Most creators will also include their names in the .package file that you will find in your Mods folder. If there is no indication in The Sims 4 client who the creator is, you may need to abandon and delete the mod.
If you find personalized content online, you can follow certain steps. The pages downloaded by the mod always include the name of the creator and (generally) contact details. You can usually send a message to the creator and ask him about recent updates. Just be sure to include the game version number and screenshots of the errors you are having.
You will find the version number in the lower left corner of the “Main menu” or in your “The Sims 4” folder (simply search for the text file “Game version”).
The author of MC Command Center, Deaderpool, also maintains a “Mods News” channel in Discord that will notify you of many mod updates. Sure, it won’t cover all mods, but it’s a good place to start if you’re looking for broken content updates.
The community is also very helpful – you can use the MCCC Discord channel to ask any questions related to mods you may have.
If you come across a mod that no longer works and are looking for alternatives, the Deaderpool channel may be able to recommend related mods that are more actively maintained.
At first it may seem complicated. But the main thing to remember is to always save your game folder somewhere other than your main drive. Ideally, it should be located somewhere outside of your main computer, such as an external hard drive, USB device, or online file service, such as Dropbox. It is better to be prepared in case of a problem.