CC and Mods not showing up in game

Lots of reports of CC and Mods not showing up in game recently so I thought a reminder on where your Sims 4 user data folder must be located may help.

Many of you install the game on an external drive to save space on your internal storage. Whilst this is fine and easy enough to do via Origin (Origin > Preferences > Installs & Saves > Game Library Location), you cannot do this with your user data folder. This is the Sims 4 folder that contains your saves, CC/Mods, screenshots, game settings, tray items and more. This folder must be located on your internal drive, the full file path should be Macintosh HD > Users > (your Mac user account name) > Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4. You can check this file path by clicking on your Mods folder, holding down CMD and pressing i to bring up the info window for the folder:

Your internal storage may have a different name if you have renamed it, partitioned your drive, reformatted it, replaced it or are booting up from an external drive with a version of macOS installed.  If you have iCloud Drive enabled you must not have it set to store your Documents folder in the cloud as the game will not be able to find it and will create a new folder each time you launch it. For help with this please read this article.

The CC/Mods you use must meet the following criteria:

  • be only unzipped/extracted  .package files placed in the Mods folder. You can create your own sub folders within the Mods folder and place the package files in those folders if you like.
  • Sims 4 CC/mods only

If you download CC  in RAR, 7-Zip or another compressed format that your Mac cannot extract please read this article for further help.

Apple dropping support for 32-bit apps. Sims 2, Sims 3 and SimCity will no longer work in macOS

Apple announced last year that macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be the last version of the OS to support 32-bit apps. You can read this article which explains why they are doing this and what it means. Most apps produced in the last few years are 64-bit so there is no cause for concern but for most of our beloved Sims games this most likely means that it will be the end. This does not affect Sims 4 as it is already 64-bit.

If you have updated to macOS 10.13.4 you should have started receiving this notification when launching 32-bit apps:

Until we can download the beta of the next macOS we’re not going to know when 32-bit apps will be rendered completely obsolete. I hoped to wait until we had the beta before posting this but I’ve received so many messages asking about it I thought a post now may help.

The following Sims games are currently 32-bit:

The Sims 2 Super Collection (Aspyr)
The Sims 3 (EA/Maxis)
SimCity 4 (Aspyr)
SimCity 2013 (EA – Origin; Aspyr – Mac App Store)
Sims Medieval (EA/Maxis)

If you would like to carry on playing these titles after 32-bit support is withdrawn there is a workaround. You can install High Sierra on a bootable external drive and install your 32-bit games on this drive. You would then simply boot up your Mac from that drive when you want to play. For those who haven’t done this before, it really is a very simple process – don’t be scared! I will upload a tutorial soon showing easy step by step instructions on how to do this.

Aspyr have announced that they hope to update their 32-bit games to 64-bit so they are still playable on future releases of macOS. You can read their support statement here, together with a full list of affected titles.

EA have yet to confirm or deny whether they will update their titles.

If you would like to see whether your apps are 32-bit or 64-bit read Apple’s article for instructions on finding the info in System Report. You can also check when the app is running by opening Activity Monitor:

Sims 4 CAS cursor glitch on Mac

This has been around for ages and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. When trying to use CAS the cursor is glitching and displaying one or more of the following symptoms:

  • When editing a body part the cursor will not ‘let go’ of the part to stop editing
  • Moving your cursor over the screen will randomly grab a body part for editing
  • Rotating the Sim is not possible unless using the keyboard arrow keys

(thanks to 13Vader for the video)

At the moment there is no solution or workaround although some users have reported that it resolves itself after a game update. We have a thread at AHQ collecting information and it does seem to be affecting lower spec. Macs so lowering your in-game graphics options may help. Please post in the thread if you are experiencing this or if you have found a fix, or leave a comment below.