Anyone who uses Mods or Custom Content in The Sims 4, or even from any of previous The Sims games, will know that your Mods folder can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. However, GameTimeDev has created a program to help players keep their Mods folder organized.
The Mod & Custom Content Manager is described as a file explore with additional features which allows you to browse your files for The Sims 4 easily. You are able to delete and move files but also disable and enables files both on their own, in multiples or even whole folders. View files alongside thumbnails, which will help you distinguish content that is for Build Buy Mode or Create A Sim.
As the Mod & Custom Content Manager is still in a BETA phase, it is frequently being updated and more features planned to be added going forward. Some of the features planned for the future include a way to find broken and duplicated files, custom content files used in specific households and additional filters. There are also some more technical updates to be made for the program going forward, including making the code more efficient and reducing the programs overall file size.
How to Download
Note: At the time of writing this overview, the Sims 4 Mod Manager has been released on PC and a first test version of the program for MacOS has been released. Full updates can be found via the Sims 4 Mod Manager Discord Sever.
How to Install
Once your download is complete, go to the location where it has been downloaded and open the file. Open up the Zip file using a program like WinRar or 7Zip, and you’ll find the installation file that you need. Follow the installation process step by step, which takes a couple of minutes, and you’ll be ready to go.
Upon loading the program for the first time, it will search for any existing Mods or Custom Content you already have installed. You’ll then be presented with a screen that looks like this.
Navigating the Sims 4 Mod Manager
- Home – this is the default screen where you’ll find all the mods and custom content you have in game listed. Clicking on the arrow next to the creators name will allow you to view what creations you have from that creator
- Folders – Folders is where you can quickly view any content that you have within your mods folder. Whether you have it organized by creator or the type of custom content or mod, you’ll be able to quickly and easily navigate each of those folders.
- Packs – Packs allows you to make edits and add to the folders you have within your Mods folder.
- Problems – here you will find any files that may be weird or duplicated. Weird files may not actually be broken files but may not be loading correctly. However, you can send any peculiar acting files to GameTimeDev for further investigation. As for duplicated files, this is a work in progress feature at the moment but will show any files that you may have multiples of.
- Setting – Find your program settings.
- Help/About – Information about the program and helpful links.
- Drag Files – Add Mods and Custom Content by dragging and dropping files to the paper clip icon.
- Add CC – browse your computer for Mods and Custom Content files you are wanting to import to the game.
While navigating the Sims 4 Mod Manager, you’ll notice a number of different features you can use to manage your Custom Content and Mods.
- Filters – In the very top right-hand corner, you will find the Filters Tab. Here you can search for files as well as filtering files by either CAS Items, Catalogue Objects or Other.
- Load/Load All – This will add the mods & custom content to your game.
- Unload/ Unload All – This will remove the mods & custom content from your game.
With both of these, you can either do this with individual files or whole folders. Unload/Load you’ll find under individual files, whereas Unload All and Load All you can find against the complete folder.
You’ll also notice, when viewing individual files, another tab called More. Clicking on this will present you with three new options.
- Edit – Allows you to edit the Filepath, Filename and add any notes. You can view the file in Sims 4 Studio or within your Mods folder.
- Move – Allows you to move the file to another folder
- Delete – Deletes the file from your folder
Linking Sims 4 Studio
The Sims 4 Mod Manager allows you to link Sims 4 Studio to the program.
To do this, simply head over to Settings (General) > S4S Path (.exe) > Search Sims 4 Studio > Complete.
GameTimeDev has also made a short yet handy overview video that also guides you through the Sims 4 Mod Manager.
While the Sims 4 Mod Manager is still in its BETA phase, GameTimeDev is looking for feedback as well as any questions. You can do this by emailing [email protected] or by joining the Discord Server by clicking here.
The Sims 4 Mod Manager by GameTimeDev is incredibly easy to start using and works well alongside Sims 4 Studio. Even with the program being in its BETA phase, there is still plenty to come and will be a great addition for many players wanting to get on top of and keep their Mod folders organized!
New to Mods and Custom Content for The Sims 4? Take a look at our Getting Started guide here.