The Sims 4

The Sims 4: New Update + Patch Notes! (September 5th, 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

UPDATE: 9/5/2019 – PC / Mac

Welcome simmers and aspiring spellcasters alike! While we wait a few more short days for Realm of Magic to release, you can pass the time with this fun update. Read on and you’ll find details of a long-requested Build feature that’s been added to the game. There’s also a whole bunch of new clothing and objects, both in recognition of The Sims 4’s 5th anniversary, as well as making even more simmers from around the world feel welcome within the game. And as always, a number of important issues have been addressed to make your experience that much better.

-SimGuruRomeo, Ft. SimGuruGraham


Configurable Stairs

There’s magic in the air, and the candle summoning circles you’ve been sending us via Twitter in an effort to will new types of stairs into existence has worked! Configurable stairs have been added to the game, giving you the ability to create stairs that are L-shaped, U-shaped, and more! Excited to try them out? Simply place any set of stairs down in build mode, and you’ll notice a new widget that appears… it’s a box with two arrows attached to it. Grab onto that with your cursor and drag, and suddenly your stairs will be bent 90º! Keep dragging, and the stairs will bend 180º. Once you’ve bent your stairs, you’ll see another two widgets appear. A diagonal arrow above the newly-added landing will let you adjust the height of the landing within the staircase. A curved arrow at the base of the stairs will allow you to continue to rotate the direction of the stairs beneath the landing. For times when a single landing just isn’t enough, you can keep adding additional bends to your stairs–as long as they’re tall enough to have room for another one. I think that just about covers the basics; so get in there and try it out, experiment, and create some amazing new builds!

5th Anniversary

It’s already been five years since The Sims 4 released; whew–time flies when you’re simming! In celebration of this milestone, we’ve added a set of end-of-summer content so that your Sims can join in the festivities. Invite some friends and family over, fire up the grill, and enjoy a backyard get together with this new content. (FYI – the new stilted foundation is perfect for creating a backyard deck!) You’ll even spot some patterns with nods to famous icons of The Sims…

New Clothing

  • Men’s Long Blazer
  • Woman’s Summer Party Full Body Outfit
  • Boy’s Polo Rugby Top
  • Girl’s Knee-Length Leggings

New Build Content

  • Fence: “Fence”
  • Railing: “Stair Railing”
  • Stair: “Stairs”
  • Foundation: “Stilt Foundation”
  • Foundation: “Canvas”

New Objects

  • Light: “Outdoor Ground Light”
  • Plant: “Plant Potted Floor”
  • Living Chair: “Outdoor Seat”
  • Lounge Chair: “Outdoor Lounger”
  • Dining Table: “Outdoor Table”
  • End Table: “Outdoor End Table”
  • Pedestal: “Upside Down Gnome Decor”

Muslim-Inspired Clothing and Architecture

To help even more of our players express themselves and create Sims that are relevant to their everyday lives, we’ve introduced a set of Muslim-inspired clothing and architecture.

New Clothing

  • Women
    • Hijab
    • Belted Dress
    • Jacket with Long Skirt
    • Modest Athletic Wear / Swimsuit
    • Athletic Hijab
  • Men
    • Knitted Kufi
    • Buttoned Shirt
  • Children
    • Girl’s Pleated Dress
    • Boy’s Buttoned Shirt

New Build Content

  • Window: “Window 1 Wide Version Angular”
  • Window: “Window 1 Wide Version Rectangular”
  • Window: “Window 2 Wide Version Angular”
  • Door: “Door 1 Wide”
  • Door: “Door 2 Wide”
  • Arch: “Arch Door”
  • Arch: “Arch E”
  • Tile Wall Pattern: “2 Tone Wall Without Wainscoting or Trim”


General Issues

  • Basements will not create irremovable flooring between levels.
  • Fixed an issue where Tattoos and Skin Details did not apply on Mac.
  • Fixed an issue that caused weighting for names, clothing, facial features, and skin tones to skew heavily in specific directions if City Living or Island Living were installed.
  • Solved the problem where showers were playing a sound even after deleted.
    • Spooookkyy.
  • Solved an issue where skin details vanish after randomizing traits, voice, or clothing.
  • Toddlers now learned how to drink from sippy cups again. Not sure why they were so resistant in the first place; those things are great!
  • Sims have regained the ability to gradually fill empty homes!
    • That is…if the option for it is enabled.
      • If you want Sims to fill empty homes, go to Game Options -> Gameplay -> and check the “Fill Empty Homes” option.
  • Photo frames will now persist when downloaded from the gallery.
  • Fixed an issue where when using the console cheat window the screen would go black.
  • Fixed various save load issues when loading specific households.
  • Sims are now able to drown again if you do not have Island Living installed! How were we able to survive without this? Either way, back to drowning!
  • Certain households will no longer randomly change into nude outfits.
  • Facebook functionality has been retired.
  • Friezes can now be applied to individual sides of lower height walls when holding the shift key.
  • Floor trims on exterior walls will no longer be cut away when a staircase is placed adjacent to the trim on the interior side of the wall.
  • Fixed a couple of layering issues with tight pants and boots.
  • Re tuned the values for comfort, decor, fun, hygiene, comfort on several objects.
  • Fixed various typos.
  • Fixed various other small issues.

City Living

  • Teen Sims that are Unflirty can now make out with other teens.

Cats and Dogs

  • When putting your cuddly friends up for adoption you will no longer be faced with inaccessible UI.
  • Now your pets will be able to fully complete obstacle courses with Stand Platforms.


  • Fixed a visual issue with fountain decorations being placed next to a pool.

Get Famous

  • Skills/Tasks are now displayed for every gig and audition in the career panel.
  • Certain auditions will stop being spammed in the gigs panel.
    • They were reaaaallly desperate for talent.
  • Teen Sims can no longer run romantic socials with celebrities.

Island Living

  • Fixed an issue where seashells liked to stack on top of each other. Not sure why these pesky seashells were so insistent.
  • Fishing in Sulani now counts towards the “Fish in 3 Spots” Goal.
  • Players now have the ability to trigger volcanic eruptions with cheats: volcanic_eruption small and volcanic_eruption large!
  • Children can now drown.
  • Sims can now drown while riding an Aqua Zip!
  • Island counters have been added to your Build catalog!


  • Fixed an issue where Vampires were exhibiting their old weaknesses even though they were not applied.

Moschino Stuff

  • Portrait oriented photos that are submitted are now returned. Those greedy agencies, always trying to steal people’s work.
  • Fixed some photo approval issues for the Photography Career.

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  • Drowning. Isn’t this the first time children sims can die of something without a mod? Interesting. <_< I can’t play for a while since my computer is being repaired. It’s so annoying. Not that I was planning on drowning sims since I spend too much time in CAS to let that happen.

    • Pretty sure children can drown on TS4 since launch. I think they couldn’t drown on Sulani’s open waters, which is why the fix is listed under Island Living. They can die by fire too.

      • *Correction: not since launch, because there were not pools at launch lol. But you know what I mean. They can drown since pools made into the game.

      • Ok thank you. Makes sense. I saw that mod floating around and just assumed children were immune for some reason. Even on the gallery the ghost child sims I run across were cheated into ghosts instead of death by fire or drowning.

  • Still no fix for the BBQ pit in Sulani I see. Food cooked on it always comes out poor quality. Also, there’s no way to learn the foods from the Sulani food stalls?

    • Yeah I have that issue. I’m technically two updates behind, if you include the recent patch, and was experiencing that. I usually don’t have that problem when I have the full edit mode enabled or use it via mcc but I noticed that I would have to change the relationships in live mode using mcc instead of in CAS like I usually would (had mcc that time too).

  • How big is this update? It says I don’t have enough storage meanwhile I still have 10 free GB. I’m so sad I can’t play. I don’t know what’s wrong

  • Children can now DROWN! haha wtf who came up with that one. What next while on the swing the child can jump in mid-air and break there necks.

  • I am having a problem where I do not have the option to replace the existing Sim in CAS with a family from the gallery, I only have the option to add the gallery Sims.

  • I have been having an issue with my toddlers not eating until they’re done or until they’re full. They eat 1/2 the plate then go set it down somewhere & are still hungry.

  • Any word on when the toddler eating glitch will be fixed? I have to watch them like a hawk to make sure they finish since they’re always putting their plate down before they’re done.

  • Every time I enter build mode or take a picture the screen would be in live mode but u can not control your sims nor can you see your sims needs or mood. And when I tell a sim to paint all of the other sims will have that in their column…or whatever it is called

  • Where can i get the patch other than origin, sometimes my internet is so slow origin loops and looses data. With the pre Island Living patch the download was like 30% then stalls and after resuming it was 20% complete

    The only way i got past that is to pirate the game that included the patch and install my baught packs via pirate and insert it into the game folder.

  • I can’t go from Build mode back to Live mode without losing chunks of the menu off the bottom of the screen, plus I lose the functionality off the menu options from the top ride side of the screen. Then I cannot control my sims anymore or see their needs, and to exit this mess I have to force quit. This last update has ruined the game.

    oh yeah… and the columns are doing weird stuff too!

  • Ever since I updated I have not been able to play the game. It starts to load and immediately crashes. I deleted my mods and made sure my computer was updated and it still does not work.

  • When is ps4 and xbox but mainly ps4 getting the update i dont like it when pc and mac user always get updates first when they have acces to custom content please answer my question???

  • After the september 5th update i have been experiencing an issue that has made it now impossible to play the game. The game it’s self loads everything very slow now as well but that is far from the main problem. Everything works…Fine-ish, until i try to switch from buildmode to livemode. I click the button & the screen & icons start to change (as they should) but then its as if it gets stuck half way between. The icon for buildmode remains even though buildmode it’s self (the item listings & everything to do with it) retracts, thought the icon does say ‘livemode’ when hovered over. The icon for ‘manage worlds’ just kind of is cut out, leaving an empty space. Though the buildmode items/tray are gone at this point, they are never replaced by the family member’s icons& controls (play, pause, ect), or anything, at the bottom. All visible icons ‘seem’ clickable button do nothing when clicked, not even to save or exit; the only way to get out of it is to force close the entire program without saving; not even the keyboard shortcuts get a response at all. The screen has the red rim around the camera view indicating ‘paused’ like it should when going to live mode & it is in fact paused, not frozen. Nothing else but the transition from build to live seems to be frozen, plumbobs spin, the game allows me to scroll across screen just fine. Not frozen, just glitched. I just wanna make it clear that i am not having a mod problem, nor is the issue the slowness. Some help would be great. i would like to get my money back if it can’t be resolved, so needless to say: i am not a happy customer. ( i dont know who to contact. )

  • After the september 5th update i have been experiencing an issue that has made it now impossible to play the game. The game it’s self loads everything very slow now as well but that is far from the main problem. Everything works…Fine-ish, until i try to switch from buildmode to livemode. i am not a happy customer. ( i dont know who to contact. )