The Sims 4, a popular simulation game with a passionate community, offers the ability to enhance gameplay through mods. However, it can be frustrating when your Sims 4 mods fail to show up or just stop working. If you’re experiencing this issue, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many other users have also encountered this very same issue. Thankfully, it is often easy to fix this issue. In this guide, we’ll provide you with solutions to fix the problem. Keep reading to get your Sims 4 mods up and running again.
Why Are My Mods Not Showing Up in Sims 4?
It’s common for Sims 4 mods not to appear as expected. It happens very often. Several factors can contribute to this issue, and it’s important to identify the root cause before applying the appropriate fixes. Here are some of the possible reasons behind the problem:
- Incompatible mod
- Mod packages have not been unzipped/extracted
- Mods are disabled
- Outdated Sims 4
- Corrupted cache folder
Fix Sims 4 Mods Not Showing Up
We’ve compiled a list of several fixes that you can try to resolve the problem. Since the exact cause may vary, it’s recommended to follow each step carefully. If you’re unsure or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact support for additional guidance.
Fix 1: Verify Mod Compatibility
Sims 4 has a wide variety of mods that users can enable to enhance the gaming experience. However, not all mods are compatible with Sims 4. So, if the mods are not showing up, be sure to check whether or not they are compatible with Sims 4. If they are not compatible, there’s nothing you can do. However, if the mods are compatible and still not showing up, move down to the next solution.
Fix 2: Extract Mod Packages
Mods are usually available as zipped or unextracted files. You need to extract the mod packages (zip files) for the mod to show up in the game. Follow these steps to extract the mod packages on your Windows PC:
- Open the File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E, and then navigate to the following location using the address bar:
Electronic arts\Sims 4\Mods
- Mod packages should be in a regular folder structure, not a zipped archive. If you see any zipped files (usually visualized with a zipper on the folder icon), right-click and select Extract.
- Verify that the unzipped versions of your mods match the requirements and are then placed in the Mods folder after extraction.
- Do this for all the zipped mod folders.
Once you have extracted all the folders in the Mods folder, go and check if the mods are now showing up. If the mods still don’t show up, move to the next solution.
Fix 3: Make Sure Mods are Enabled
Another reason why your Sims 4 mods might not show up is because they are disabled. Yeah, even though you might think that you have enabled all the mods, there are odds that you might have accidentally disabled the mods. Plus, many users have reported that the mods are disabled automatically after installing an update.
So, if you have installed a recent update, it’s worth checking if the mods are enabled or not. Here’s how:
- Open Sims 4 on your computer and go to the main menu.
- Select “Game Options” to bring up the settings menu.
- From the left menu, select “Others”.
- Make sure the toggle for “Custom Content and Mods” is activated.
- Also, turn on the option to “Allow Script Modifications.”
- Then, click on the “Apply Changes” button.
- To take effect, you’ll need to restart your Sims 4 game.
After making adjustments, you should see if the mods are now showing up. If the mods still don’t show up, there could be a problem with the Sims 4 software. Move down to the next step.
Fix 4: Update Sims 4
If you are trying to use a mod that is made for a newer version of Sims 4, it might not show up due to incompatibility and other issues. In this case, updating Sims 4 is the only solution. Don’t worry, it is quite easy to update Sims 4. Just follow the steps below:
- Go to the official website of EA Games and log in to your account. You can also use Origin for this.
- You see a list of your installed games. Right-click on Sims 4 and click on “Check for update.”
- If there are any updates available, they will be installed automatically.
- Once you have installed the update, go ahead and make sure the mods are enabled. Oftentimes, mods are disabled after installing an update. Check the above section to know how to enable the mods back again.
- Once you have updated Sims 4, the issue of mods not showing up should be easily fixed.
Fix 5: Uninstall and Reinstall Sims 4
If you are facing the issue even upon trying all the above-mentioned solutions, you can try reinstalling Sims 4. Reinstalling Sims 4 will fix any issues that might have crept in during the usage of the game or during the installation process. Here are the steps to uninstall and reinstall Sims 4:
- Press the Windows key and type “Control Panel.”
- Click on “Control Panel” to open it.
- Then, click on “Uninstall a program.”
- Find Sims 4 on the list and right-click on it. Then, select “Uninstall.”
- Once you have uninstalled Sims 4, go back to the platform you installed it earlier from and install it again.
- When you install the game again, enable all the mods and they show up as expected.
Fix 6: Use the “Repair Game” Option
You can also try to fix any issues with the game using Origin or EA games website. This will fix any issues with the games that might be causing the mods to not show up.
- Go to the official site of EA Games and log in to your account. You can also use Origin for this.
- You see a list of your installed games. Right-click on Sims 4 and click on “Repair Game.”
- Once this is done, go back to the game and see if the mods are showing up.
Fix 7: Clear the Cache Folder
Sims 4 has a cache folder that stores temporary data to help load the game faster and for other reasons. However, sometimes this folder can get corrupted due to some glitches in the game or the mods. A corrupted cache folder can cause a number of problems, including issues with your mods. In order to fix the issue, you can clear the cache folder and see if that helps. Just follow the steps below:
- Open the File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E, and then navigate to the following location using the address bar (replace #yourUserName# with your Windows username):
C:\Users\#yourUserName#\Documents\Electronic Arts\Sims 4
- Find “localthumbcache.package” and right-click on it. Then, select Delete.
- Do the same for the following files too: cache, astcrash.txt, cachewebkit, and lotcachedData.
- Once done, launch Sims 4 and the mods should appear now.
If the mods are still not appearing, go to the mod page and request for an update or a solution. You can also check social media apps and communities to check if there are any other users with the same issue with that particular mod on Sims 4. You can also contact EA support for assistance.
Sims 4 is a great simulation game that many gamers enjoy playing and having fun with. A crucial part of what makes Sims 4 more fun is the ability to use mods. However, these mods may disappear from time to time causing frustration to users. Thankfully, this issue is fixable. We hope that this article has helped you get mods to show up back again on Sims 4. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below. Happy gaming!