The Sims 4

The Sims 4 Tutorial: How to extract Household Photos

Before we begin with explaining how to extract Household Photos from The Sims 4, you need to know that for this Tutorial you’ll need The Sims 4 Package Editor. (Click Here to download it).

You need to create and save the Household in order to generate a photo of your Household (duh).

For more angles and screens of your Household, click on the Randomize Portrait icon before saving.


Now, open Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 and make a copy of localthumbcache package file in a different folder.

Open S4PE file and in that program, select File > Open > localthumbcache that you copied.

Since these Household photos are one of the largest files in localthumbcache, sort the items inside this package by clicking the Filesize sort so that the files go from biggest to smallest.


Select files from the top and then file by file to the bottom until you find your Household.

Now that you’ve found your Sims, right click on that file and select Details.


In the Type section, remove every letter and add 0x3C2A8647 and select OK.

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Since S4PE for some reason confuses file groups, you’ll need to select a file that’s a different type than the file you edited.


Then, right click on the file you edited and select ”Export to Image” option. Select where do you want to save it, name it and select Save.


Your Household photo is now finished and ready for use!


You can also use these same steps and extract each Sim individually. Just seek for your desired Sim in the files and follow the steps above.

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  • Angelina S

    thank you 🙂

  • What a cool tutorial!

  • Thank you! Was easy-to-follow. I love having these images!!

  • EnormousHeart87

    OMG! Thank you so much!!! It took me 5 minutes to get what you were saying when you said to click on a file that’s different from the first one in order for me to get the option to Export to Image but I finally got the hang of it 🙂

  • Athan Capistrano

    Um Can I ask a question?? Why does mine looks literally small… ?? Any Idea how to fix it?

    • Spark Monkey

      I had that problem, but I noticed there seems to be larger images in there. I saw about three sizes. Find the biggest one and use that one.

  • Jessica

    I found a bit of a quicker alternative – right click on the preview image, click Copy, then paste into a program like Photoshop or Paint.

  • Willemijn

    Does this also work on a mac? Have tried but S4PE only seems for Windows… Is there any way to extract these screenshots from the mac-version of TS4?

    • Cassie

      buy a computer

      • Cassie

        a real computer*

        • RenoraSims

          Ugh such a useful reply. Seriously get a life, and some sense with that.

  • RenoraSims

    Thank you so much for sharing! Is the resolution better if you save the image like you explained above? because when you right click on the image and copy it to paint/photoshop/whatever makes it a bit faster.