The Sims 4

The Sims 4: New Update + Patch Notes! (August 8th, 2019)

The Sims Team has released a brand new Update for The Sims 4 on PC and Mac!

To download the latest version of The Sims 4, simply open your Origin program and if the game doesn’t update automatically, right click on The Sims 4 and select ”Update”.

In case you have Mods or Custom Content, the game will automatically disable them for you after first launching The Sims 4 after the update. To re-enable all your Mods and Custom Content, select the Settings option in the Menu and select Settings. Under the”Other” section you’ll find the ”Enable Custom Content and Mods” option. Check it and restart your game in order for it to take effect!

Patch Notes

Happy August Simmers!

We hope you’re having a nice summer (or winter, depending on your hemisphere…)

Have you had a chance to go on vacation recently? If so, did you take lots of fabulous photos? If not, have you taken some fun selfies with your friends? At the very least I’m sure you’ve photographed your dinner…

Well, your Sims have been busy taking photos (or they will, once you tell them to), and now there are new ways to display photographs in The Sims 4.

It’s easier than ever to create new looks for ordinary walls: place a photo on the wall from your Sim’s inventory, then click on it – you’ll find a new “Change Orientation” option that lets you quickly and easily rotate between landscape and portrait.

Fill your Sim’s surfaces with pictures of family and friends (and anything else you can imagine) by grabbing a photo placed on the wall and dragging it on to a table or a shelf – it will magically turn into a standing photo with a frame.

Personally, I plan to build a tiny home and decorate it with nothing but artistic photographs of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Have fun!



The Sims 4

  • Invites from NPCs to social events at venues will no longer end seconds after your Sim arrives at the venue.
  • Sims can no longer Serenade other Sims through a wall.
  • Fixed an issue where venue lot types were sometimes not displaying correctly.
  • Walls will now show in photographs taken in basements without stairs.
    • Why you may have a basement without stairs is none of our business.
  • Take Photo Of will now work when the photo subject is lounging on a lounge chair.
    • No changes were made to subjects sitting in a sit chair, or laying on a lay bed.

Get Together

  • Toddlers no longer stretch when getting their photo taken.
  • Selected NPC Sims who are off lot will now come to take photos at the In a Flash Photo Studio.


  • The boat at the lighthouse in Brindleton Bay now has a Travel With… interaction.
    • Because the boat was lonely, and wanted to travel with you.


  • Sims will no longer obsessively open and close their umbrellas while walking to chat with another Sim.

Island Living

  • Beach Towels are now visible when the lighting is set to low settings.
  • Mermaids now properly pass along their genetics to the next generation.
  • Mermaid conservationists can now successfully survey wildlife in the ocean.
  • Research Conservation on the computer no longer causes every skill the Sim knows to increase rapidly.
  • NPC Sims from other worlds can now successfully travel with your Sim to Sulani, instead of vanishing before arrival.
    • NPC Sims from other dimensions still disappear prior to arriving.
  • Sims will no longer get stuck when other Sims are lounging on float loungers.

Multiple updates for the Off the Grid lot trait:

  • A new search term was added to Buy Mode, “Off the Grid”, to make finding valid items in the catalog easier.
  • Fish can now be added to Fish Bowls.
  • Sims can now clean dirty sinks that work Off the Grid
  • In a Flash Photo Studio no longer emits light when placed on a lot with the Off the Grid lot trait.
  • The following objects now work Off the Grid and/or are labeled appropriately in the catalog:
    • All photography cameras
    • Sulani Volcanic BBQ Searer
    • NanoCan Touchless Trash Can
    • Wabbit Tablet, Slablet, and Digitalistic Sketchpad
    • Digirad Keyboard
    • Fireplaces
    • Rocks of Fire and Roast’em and Toast’em Campfire from Outdoor Retreat
    • The Quadpod Grill from Toddler Stuff
    • Ole Timmy’s WashTub from Laundry Day Stuff
    • Kiddie Pools from Seasons
    • To make caring for Pets easier the Petmate Programmatic Pet Feeder, Litter-Laser: Self-Cleaning Litter Box, and Litter-Matic Scoop Free are now battery powered

Dine Out

  • Random Sims will no longer steal your Sim’s food and eat it.
  • Restaurants now work in Sulani.

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    • On Xbox the re-brand update the menu and the load screen still hasn’t updated I don’t know if anyone else has these problems with the new re-brand. Please comment back.

  • Awesome, thank you! Still no fix on the skin details bug for Mac users, though? Do we have an ETA on that? Thanks for all the hard work and everything y’all do!

  • Hi, i just started to add cc and mods to my game so i’m still not sure what i am supposed to do with them when there is a new update? should i remove the mods folder or update my game without doing anything? thank you!

    • You definitely want to remove your mods folder when updating your game if not all of your mods will break. Trust me I know from first hand experience lol.

    • When there is a new update the sims automatically sets cc+mods off. You need to look if the mods that you have work with the new update. For example mccc will say if it works with it and so not you need to put the not working mod out of your cc+mods map. And when it has one which again works with the new update you need to put the new one in the map. Cc will (what I know) always work with new updates. And after that you can go to your game and put on th button for that cc+mods on is and then load your Sims on. But if you have like a house with cc DON’T go to that house when cc+mods after update is set off, because everything will than be gone. But if you don’t go to that house and load Sims again up with cc+mods on you can go save to that house.

  • Ugh update just caused all build/buy items to disappear even repairing the game did not fix i am gonna reinstall and uninstall the game

  • ugh I just want spiral staircases or at least escalators to be added at some point. or Steps that can wrap around a corner or used in a circle. Plus its weird when a fan *Get Famous* reacts to you through a wall, I mean wow they really must have amazing senses to know you’re there.

  • Ugh, when will they *all* stop eating spoiled food? My mainlanders are driving me batty. I’m surprised any one is alive on Sulani if the natives all eat spoiled food they find on the beach!

  • there is no longer the option to modify in full cas mode.
    I open the cheats bar and type the following
    testingcheats true
    and then

    it no longer allows me to shift click the sim and work in full cas mode

  • Am I the only one who can’t get their sims to swim in any of the oceans and lakes of the basegame worlds. Perhaps I’m doing it wrong or I need “Island Living”? Can anyone help.?


  • okay but is anyone having a problem since the update where the sims info display thing (??) at the bottom of the screen just disappears and the game gets stuck on pause? it only seems to happen with households that have a sim working in a career from get to work…

  • K I’m a PS4 console simmer and I’m still waiting for Story mode in CAS. I’m hoping this update will also be added to PS4 considering PC and Mac got Story mode before us and pretty much everything else too. No hate just wish we didn’t have to wait so long for evrything

  • Anyone Else getting the blue transluscent screen when you pop up the cheats bar then can’t exit ? if you know how pllllleeeeaaassseee tell me i need bb.moveobjects !!

    • Go to Origin and choose repair. That solves the problem. The reason that broke is because they updated badly. Now when the cheat console is up you can’t click on anything. Infuriating. It pauses the game now when you bring up the cheat console. I’m not sure why they felt that needed to be added.

  • I’m having a whole host of issues! Build mode items are completely gone, the little sim tabs won’t open( career, relationship, inventory, etc), the options menu won’t open so I can’t save, if I click on one sim and try to click the next it gets stuck on the original sim that I clicked so I have to rely on the plumbomb to tell me what sim I’m playing with and doing actions for, also all actions for all my sims show on one sim so it’s super confusing. And the load screen is taking forever now. That patch completely made my game go bonkers.

    • If you have any mods in your game like MCC or UI cheats Extensions look for the newest version, because that always happens to me then when I go through my mods the glich seems to go away. Also if the menu doesn’t open so you cant save try going into build and buy mode then exiting.

  • Since the latest patch, I am stuck in the main loadibg screen.
    The green thingy is rotating, music is playing, texts are switching, but I am stuck in the endless loading procedure.
    No mods, deleted the accidental screenshots, clicked game repair, but still nothing works.

    Has anyone any hints how to fix this, besides reinstalling the whole thing?

    Many thanks

  • Does anyone else have the issue where you have been playing for a bit and you go to save game but the menu never pops up? or when you for example go to the fridge and try to manually select a meal for your sim to eat and the menu never pops up? This has happened so much ever since this patch update and I keep losing progress in my game :(. I have even tried to take my CC out and play base game but it still happens. So I am not sure what to do next because I want to play and save my progress but every so often the save menu stops being able to pop up and I have to force quit and lose any game play after I last manually saved my game.

  • Since the update, I’ve had an issue: I pull up the cheats console and it brings up this translucent dark blue filter over the screen; but then it doesn’t go away, meaning I can’t unpause my game and play. The game works fine otherwise. This is an annoying issue though since I have to exit my game completely afterward. I’ve removed mods like MCC and other UI cheat mods, but the problem persists.

  • Since installing the latest update ALL of my downloaded SIMS resource items have disappeared.
    Anyone else experience this / know how to fix it, or do I need to install them again?

  • Since the last update I lost all the shadows and lighting from my game… I had no cc and I also play on MacBook Pro… Ive never had this problem before