How to install The Sims 4 on a Mac

First of all, make sure your Mac meets the minimum requirements:

  • Minimum OS – Mac OS X Lion (10.7.5)
  • CPU – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz or better
  • RAM – At least 4Gb RAM
  • Hard Drive – At least 10Gb of free space with at least 1Gb additional space for custom content
  • Video – NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better. Video RAM (VRAM) of 256 MB or better
  • Input – Keyboard and Mouse
  • Online Requirements: Internet Connection required for product activation

However, these are the recommended requirements which are more relevant when you start adding in Expansion Packs, Stuff Packs and Game Packs:

  • Minimum OS – Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9 or later)
  • CPU – Intel Core i5 or better
  • RAM – 8Gb RAM
  • Hard Drive – 12Gb Hard Drive space
  • Video – NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
  • Input – Keyboard and Mouse
  • Online Requirements: Internet Connection required for product activation

For more in depth help with system requirements, and to see if your Mac can run the game, read this blog post.

The only way to get The Sims 4 for Mac is to download it through Origin.  If you already have the PC version through Origin the Mac version will also be available to you at no extra cost. If you have bought the PC version on disc no problem, simply install Origin, enter your product code and the Mac version will be available to you to download (more detailed instructions can be found here).

Installing Origin and The Sims 4:

  • Download and install Origin from here. If your Mac tells you it can’t install it because it’s from an unidentified developer follow these steps from Apple to bypass Gatekeeper.
  • Open Origin and log in with your EA username and password. If you would like to keep any game installers that you download (so you don’t have to re-download them in the event of having to uninstall and reinstall your game), click on Origin > Preferences in the top menu bar then click on Installs & Saves in the Origin window. Make sure that Keep legacy game installers is turned on in the optionsThis is advisable because the game installer for The Sims 4 is nearly 9Gb, that’s a big download! You can also change the file path if you want to save it in a different location. origin-game-installers
  • Next find The Sims 4, pay for it and download it. It will automatically install itself. The game will now always be in your Games Library in Origin.
  • If you have bought the PC disc version you can register the product code on your Origin account. Please follow the instructions here on how to do so.

Once installed you don’t need to open Origin every time you want to play the game. Just double click The Sims 4 icon in your Applications folder. Origin will automatically open to validate the game.

If you have been previously playing the game in Windows, and you want to move your saves over to your Mac installation, simply copy and paste the Windows Sims 4 Saves folder (Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > saves) into the Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 folder on your Mac. Do the same with the Tray folder for all your Library items (houses, Sims etc.)

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44 thoughts on “How to install The Sims 4 on a Mac

  1. April

    Hello!
    Once I get around to actually installing TS4 on my mac partition, would you be interested in getting a copy of a mods guide (similar to my TS3 one of course)? I’ve already had a few questions about it on my tumblr, but I still want to make sure that all the directories are the same and such.

    Just thought I’d ask if you wanted a copy of it so I can upload it somewhere. 🙂

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  2. Lee-Ann

    Hi i was wondering if the Sims 4 work with Mac El Capitan 10.11.3
    I was wondering because me and my parents are planning to buy Sims 4 as a family game, but we cannot use the PC we have at home, as it has important information that we dont want to lose, just incase something happens with the sims 4. So please reply as soon as possible, as I am planning to get it quite soon and i need help 🙂 Thank you!

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  3. iamrhazya

    I tell my game installers to be saved. It says they’ll be saved /Library/Application Support/Origin/DownloadCache. I then start downloading The Sims 4. However nothing Sims 4 will get saved there. Sims 3 installers will go there, but not 4 that I’ve noticed.

    However if you check Library/Application Support/Origin/CatalogCache and Library/Application Support/Origin/LocalContent ; there are Sims 4 files in both places. I’m assuming one of those two must have the actual installers there, but it doesn’t look right. Any idea of what the installers might be called so I can try searching those two folders?

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    1. BluebellFlora Post author

      The installers not showing up is a known issue now unfortunately and happens to both Sims 3 and Sims 4. The disk image will show up in the DownloadCache folder during the download process but disappears during the install process.

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  4. Tyler

    I am downloading the game on friday, just wanted to make sure I wouldn’t spend money on something that didn’t work on the mac. Thank you.

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  5. wxnder118

    hi, i’m a new sims lover and i was wondering if the origin is the best website to get the sims 4 for macbook pro? and if there are any problems that people have encountered?

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  6. Emma

    Would Sims 4 work well on a regular Macbook? I’ve seen lots of reviews for how it can work on a Pro, but I wasn’t sure if it would work on the older Macs.

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  7. Pollie

    I have recently brought the new Mac Pro – I was wondering if I downloaded the version that is linked to this website (price £34.99), would it work on my Mac?

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  8. Gabi

    Hi, I have a MacBook Air and my friend have PC, I was wondering if we could share one game througt one EA acount, in fact If it is possible to have one game for one price on two devices? Or downloading the Origin on mac always costs money?

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    1. BluebellFlora Post author

      When you buy a game through Origin it is tied to the Origin ID, not the computer. You can download it on more than one computer but you can only play it on one computer at a time as it requires you to be signed into Origin to play.

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  9. acapulcorecords2

    Hi I just bought a Mac book pro 13” and I can’t download the sims 4 that I have on my pc I got the membership with origin and just started playing the sims but it doesn’t allow me to do it on my Mac it doesn’t even give me the option to download the game

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      1. acapulcorecords2

        I’ve tried everything and the game is just gray when I go to click it I only get details game properties and hide and favorite that’s it no download or install? Or does the pc digital version not work for Mac

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        1. BluebellFlora Post author

          The Windows version only works on Windows, the Mac version only works on Macs. That’s why you have to make sure you have all platforms selected in your Origin games library so you can see your purchased Windows and Mac games. Did you buy the full version of the game or play it through Origin Access on your PC? Because Origin Access is not available on Macs so you would need to buy the full copy of the game.

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          1. acapulcorecords2

            Well I only got the origin access and ply the game like that so then I need to buy it. Ok. But when I try to purchase the game it says I already have it in my game library. How do I make sure I have all platforms selected

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  10. WoefulSimmer

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac12,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core i5
    Processor Speed: 3.1 GHz
    Number of Processors: 1
    Total Number of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Boot ROM Version: IM121.0047.B1F

    These are the specs for the Mac I am currently using. Currently in the process of upgrading the Software version.
    My issue at this time seems to be actually installing Origin. I’ve tried this over 30 times now and the installer launch CRASHES immediately after hitting Agree in the user agreement pop up. After trying to get it to pop up again, the Origin icon bounces like twice then nothing happens. Is the Mac I’m on too old? It’s a 2011 model. Please help!

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