Internal hard drive full, installing Sims 4 game and data on an external drive

This is a quick reminder post about storing your Sims 4 (and Sims 3) game and saves on an external drive because your Mac internal disk is full. There are two steps to doing this.

Step 1 – Installed game:

Change the game library location in Origin to the external drive and then either redownload the game onto the external drive and delete it from your Mac (preferable) or move the installed game and Sims 4 Packs folder from the internal drive to the external.

Step 2 – The user data Sims 4 folder:

The folder containing your saves, mods, library, game settings, and all other user generated data. This requires using the command line in Terminal. Full guide on how to do this can be found here.


Having to Force Quit The Sims 4 in macOS Ventura

This issue is fixed in the 31 January 2023 patch

Since updating to macOS Ventura, users with Intel equipped Macs are no longer able to quit their game. The only way to close it is to select Force Quit from the Apple menu. If this is happening to you NEVER choose Save & Exit as you risk corrupting your save. Instead select Save from the in-game menu then click Exit Game. Now choose Force Quit from the Apple menu and select The Sims 4 then confirm you want to force quit. This will close the game.

There may be a risk of corrupting your install by closing the game this way but it shouldn’t affect your saves. A repair in Origin should fix any corrupted game files.

This is not affecting players on Apple Silicon Macs. If you are experiencing a quitting issue with the game it is for a different reason.

EA are aware of this bug. There is an active thread at Answers HQ here –

The Sims 4 Legacy Edition – no longer available from 12.12.22

EA have today announced that from the 12 December, the Legacy Edition of the Sims 4 will no longer be available to download. If you want to download the Sims 4 and have a non-Metal Mac, you won’t be able to. Your only option will be to purchase a Metal supported Mac to play the current version of the game on.

Metal info –

Legacy Edition FAQ at Answers HQ –

Note – the current EA announcement does not correctly explain what the Metal requirements are for Mac. For clarification, a Mac needs a Metal supported graphics card/chip AND to be running macOS 10.11.6 El Capitan or later. It is not enough to just update the operating system. Hopefully this will be corrected at some point on their website.