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The Sims 4 guide: Cheat codes list

No Sims player is complete without a long list of cheats

The Sims 4: Eco Living - two Sims discuss environmental measures in a front yard Image: Maxis/Electronic Arts

The Sims 4 cheats are great for anyone looking to get extra items, simoleons, and stats quickly. After bringing up a text bar to type into, you can insert a plethora of cheats that can do pretty much anything you need to in the game.

Our The Sims 4 cheats guide covers needs, money, career, skills, and more whether you’re playing on PS4, PC, Xbox One, Mac or elsewhere.


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Enable Sims 4 cheats

To get the cheats bar to appear, press Ctrl+Shift+C on PC and Command+Shift+C on Mac. After you do this, you can type in whichever cheat code you need and hit enter to submit it. Once you’re done, you can close out this text bar by pressing Esc.

On consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, you can hold the four shoulder buttons simultaneously to open the cheat console. Pressing the shoulder buttons again will close the text box out as well.

Below we’ve listed some of the most useful cheats you’ll need to design homes, upgrade stats, debug your game, and more.


Turning on “testing cheats”

Typing in “testingcheats true” turns on a mode that allows you to do essentially anything with your Sim and objects on the active lot.

When this is enabled, you can select the mailbox to toggle “needs decay,” which determines whether or not your Sim needs to go to the bathroom, sleep, and do other similar tasks. Lots of more in-depth cheats, like the ability to edit your Sims’ skill levels, will require this cheat to be on.

You can use the the following when testing cheats are enabled.

Sims 4 testing cheats

Testing cheats Results
Testing cheats Results
death.toggle true Turns off death. Toggle back on by switching “true” to “false.”
resetSim (first name) (last name) Resets the sim, canceling all queued actions for that sim.
household.autopay_bills true Allows the household bills to be paid automatically. Switch off by turning “true” to “false.”
sims.remove_all_buffs Removes all the moodlets and buffs from the active sim.
cas.fulleditmode Takes your currently selected sim into the full version of Create-a-Sim, allowing you to change their walk style, name, traits, and other normally uneditable things.

Needs cheats

There aren’t any specific cheat codes to alter needs, but if you enable testing cheats and Shift-Click the mailbox on your household’s lot, you’ll see new options. On PS4, you’ll need to press X and O simultaneously. On Xbox One, you’ll need to press A and B simultaneously to use this on the mailbox.

Through Shift-Clicking, you can disable or enable needs decay. Disabling them will keep their needs bars up to max permanently, until you enable it again. You can also select “Make Happy,” which will max out their needs, though it won’t keep it up permanently.


Money cheats

These cheats allow you to add money to your household or help you save money.

Sims 4 money cheats

Money cheats Results
Money cheats Results
kaching Gives the active household $1,000.
motherlode Gives the active household $50,000.
FreeRealEstate On Allows your Sim to move to any residential lot for free. Toggle by switching the “On” to “Off.”

Building and buy mode cheats

These building and buy mode cheats allow you to move items freely, unlock objects, and build on lots you can’t normally build on.

Sims 4 building and buy mode cheats

Cheats Results
Cheats Results
bb.moveobjects Place items that intersect each other.
bb.enablefreebuild Build anywhere (even on lots where you can’t usually build).
bb.ignoregampelayunlocksentitlement Buy items that are usually locked by career achievements.
bb.showhiddenobjects Shows hidden buyable objects in the catalog.

Career cheats

You can quickly promote your currently selected Sim in their respective career using these cheats. You can also replace “promote” with “demote” to lower their career rank.

Sims 4 career cheats

Command Result
Command Result
careers.promote actor Actor/Actress career (Get Famous expansion needed)
careers.promote astronaut Astronaut career
careers.promote athletic Athlete career
careers.promote criminal Criminal career
careers.promote adult_critic Critic career (City Living expansion needed)
careers.promote culinary Culinary career
careers.promote detective Detective career (Get to Work expansion needed)
careers.promote doctor Doctor career (Get to Work expansion needed)
careers.promote entertainer Entertainer career
careers.promote adult_gardener Gardener career (Seasons expansion needed)
careers.promote painter Painter career
careers.promote activist Politics career (City Living expansion needed)
careers.promote scientist Scientist career (Get to Work expansion needed)
careers.promote scout Scout career (Seasons expansion needed, child/teen sims only)
careers.promote secretagent Secret Agent career
careers.promote socialmedia Social Media career (City Living expansion needed)
careers.promote styleinfluencer Style Influencer career
careers.promote techguru Tech Guru career
careers.promote writer Writer career

Skill cheats

The Sims 4 skill cheats allow you to change your currently selected Sim’s skill level. You can increase it or decrease it. Replace the “#” in the codes with any number from 1-10, depending on what you want to set the skill level to.

Sims 4 skills cheats

Cheats Skills
Cheats Skills
stats.set_skill_level major_charisma # Charisma skill
stats.set_skill_level major_comedy # Comedy skill
stats.set_skill_level major_fishing # Fishing skill
stats.set_skill_level skill_fitness # Fitness skill
stats.set_skill_level major_gardening # Gardening skill
stats.set_skill_level major_gourmetcooking # Gourmet Cooking skill
stats.set_skill_level major_guitar # Guitar skill
stats.set_skill_level major_handiness # Handiness skill
stats.set_skill_level major_logic # Logic skill
stats.set_skill_level major_mischief # Mischief skill
stats.set_skill_level major_bartending # Mixology skill
stats.set_skill_level major_painting # Painting skill
stats.set_skill_level major_piano # Piano skill
stats.set_skill_level major_programming # Programming skill
stats.set_skill_level major_rocketscience # Rocket Science skill
stats.set_skill_level major_videogaming # Video Gaming skill
stats.set_skill_level major_violin # Violin skill
stats.set_skill_level major_writing # Writing skill