Tips for playing The Sims 4 on a Mac

This list isn’t exhaustive and if you have any tips I have left out , please feel free to leave a comment and I will add them, giving you credit of course 🙂

  1. Ideally playing on a Mac with dedicated graphics will ensure the best possible gameplay experience. The current Macs with dedicated GPUs are the high spec. 21″ iMac, the 27″ iMac, the 5k iMac and the high spec. 15″ MacBook Pro. If the Mac you’re looking at only has Intel graphics then it doesn’t have a dedicated GPU.
  2. Play around with the graphics options in game to find the best configuration for your Mac. You may need to enable laptop mode for smooth gameplay.  There is a graphics thread on the official forum detailing other Mac users experiences, it’s worth checking to see what settings they have their games on and how it is playing. If your game won’t load properly after playing around with the graphics settings simply go into Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 and drag the Options.ini file to the trash. Empty the trash and restart your game. The graphics settings will have been restored to the default settings.
  3. For instructions on how to install The Sims 4 on a Mac go here. For uninstalling go here.
  4. Close all other applications running on your Mac, including apps such as Time Machine, Spotify and Dropbox.
  5. Turn off automatic updates for both Origin and The Sims 4. Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
  6. Play offline.
  7. Disable Origin in Game: Open Origin, click on Origin in the menu bar then Preferences. Click on the Origin In Game tab then uncheck the box next to Enable Origin In Game.
  8. For help on installing Mods on a Mac read ItsaprilXD’s excellent step by step guide.
  9. ALWAYS move your Mods out before applying an update/patch. Verify with the Mod creator that they are compatible with the latest update then you can put them back in.
  10. If your game isn’t performing properly try repairing it in Origin by right clicking on the game in My Games and selecting Repair Game. You can also try moving out your Sims 4 folder onto your desktop and letting the game regenerate a new one (Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4). If your game now works the problem is in your user data somewhere, most likely you have a corrupted save or your CC/Mods are causing issues. For help dealing with Saves read Crinrict’s excellent post here.
  11. My help, bug and troubleshooting thread over on the official forum is updated regularly with known issues, possible bugs and what to do if your game is experiencing problems. Lots of Mac Simmers also contribute to it. Similarly Simsocity’s tips thread is definitely worth a look at.

4 thoughts on “Tips for playing The Sims 4 on a Mac

  1. Ashton

    So, with intel graphics I can’t take decent pictures? Do you know of the game settings my computer will be able to handle so that I can still get good quality pictures? A lot of cc I have looks terrrible in-game but perfect in CAS and I don’t understand. Thanks, ❤



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