How to Use "The Sims 4" Cheats
By Seth Amery
Updated September 22, 2017
No matter how many drastic changes your lovable Sims have gone through since the series' debut, one thing hasn't changed for "The Sims 4:" the ability to freely have fun with cheat codes. Like with previous games, keep in mind that using cheat codes can create glitches that, while hilarious, could break your save, stopping it from functioning as it did before.
Using the Cheats Console
Like in all the previous games, pressing "Shift," "Ctrl" and "C" at the same time opens the cheats console in "The Sims 4." This is where you'll enter a cheat, followed by the "Enter" key to activate it. In some cases, you can enter a code to undo the effect one cheat created, such as the death toggle. Once you open the console, you must press "Enter" to exit the screen.
There's no quicker way to make a fancy house than using the classic Sims money cheats. Entering either "rosebud" or "kaching" gives the active Sim lot an immediate 1,000 Simoleons. This is a good choice if there's something just out of your price range that a Sim desperately needs. If you want to go for gold, type in "motherlode" instead; this code shovels a heaping 50,000 Simoleons into your funds each time you enter it.
Other Useful Cheats
With new ways for a Sim to kick the bucket, especially with too-funny jokes on the loose, it's natural to fear for his life. Entering "death.toggle" disables in-game death, ensuring all Sims live happily ever after. Typing the cheat again re-enables death when you're ready. Typing "freeRealEstate on" lets your created family move into a mansion despite their low funds; this lets you bypass the tedious step of moving the family into an empty lot just to use "motherlode." Entering the cheat "freeRealEstate off" puts the price tags back on the lawns.
Sims veterans remember the old "testingCheatsEnabled true/false," but this cheat has been trimmed down a bit. Entering "testingCheats true" activates development mode. This means you can shift-click on Sims and various objects to open a hidden menu. Resetting an object helps if it glitches and gets stuck somewhere it doesn't belong, or you can immediately clean up dirty objects without bothering a Sim to do it.
Not all cheats are meant for fixing problems; some of them let your Sim be as selfish as he wants. Enable "testingCheats" to maximize a skill. For example, gardeners can enter "stats.set_skill_level Major_Gardening" to become the best possible gardener. Replace "Gardening" with whatever skill you want to max out. You can also get yourself promoted whenever you want; for example, enter "careers.promote TechGuru" to immediately promote a Tech Guru Sim to the next career level.
Seth Amery is a long-time writer whose specialties extend to all areas of video games, having written thousands of tutorials, fully-featured strategy guides and reviews across all platforms. His experience also includes one-on-one relationships with major gaming publishers to write previews on upcoming games, establish interviews with game designers and hold early game giveaways.