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How to Delete Sims Without Killing Them

Hey friend! If you‘re looking for tips on how to remove Sims from your game safely, you‘ve come to the right place. As a fellow Sims enthusiast, I‘ve mastered the art of deleting Sims without murdering them off, and I‘m excited to share what I‘ve learned with you today!

The #1 Method: Evict Unwanted Sims

The easiest, most humane way to delete a Sim is to simply evict them from their household. Here‘s a quick 3-step process:

  1. Enter Build Mode in their home and click the household portrait.
  2. Select "Manage Household" and choose the Sim you want gone.
  3. Click the "Move Sim Out" button to evict them!

It‘s that simple! The game will move the Sim out, removing them from your household but keeping them alive as an NPC townie. I highly recommend this method first, as it‘s reversible if you change your mind.

Pro Tip: Save Sims You Might Want Later

Before evicting, consider saving Sims you like to your Library. That way, you can bring them back into a household later! Just click the Sim portrait and "Save to Library" before removing them.

Moving Out Sims in The Sims 3 and 2

The process works similarly in The Sims 3 and The Sims 2:

The Sims 3 Move Out Method

  1. Go to Edit Town and select the household.
  2. Click "Split Household" and move the Sim into a new home.
  3. You can delete the new 1-Sim household if desired.

This keeps the Sim as an NPC town resident. Feel free to move them back in anytime!

The Sims 2 Move Out Approach

  1. In Neighborhood View, click the house with your Sim.
  2. Choose the Sim and select "Move Sim Out."
  3. Pick "Move to Family Bin" to safely remove them.

The Family Bin stores Sims until you recover them, so they‘ll remain alive but deleted from your game.

Removing Sims in The Sims FreePlay

Things work a little differently in FreePlay as a mobile game. To humanely delete a Sim:

  1. Spend 500 LP to unlock the Sim you want to delete.
  2. Click their portrait and select Remove.
  3. Confirm by choosing Remove Sim again.

This will safely erase them from your town. And if you have enough LP, you can even restore them later!

Using Cheats to Delete Sims

An instant way to remove Sims is using cheats, but be warned – these methods are irreversible!

  • Sims 4: Shift+Click Sim > Delete
  • Sims 3: TestingCheatsEnabled True > Shift+Click Sim > Delete

Use caution with the Delete cheats, as the Sim will be permanently gone!

Deleting Sims From Your Game Permanently

If you want to do a full reset and delete certain Sims from your saved files forever, here are the steps:

  1. Save any Sims or households you want to keep to your Library.
  2. Close the game and start a new save file.
  3. Load only your saved Library households into the new game.

This gives you a fresh start with just the Sims and families you saved, deleting all others completely from the save data.

Can You Bring a Sim Back to Life?

If you accidentally let a Sim die, there are a few ways to resurrect them!

  • Use the Book of Life in Sims 4 if written before death.
  • Plea to the Grim Reaper in Sims 3.
  • Buy an Elixir of Life in Sims 2.

So you have some options if a Sim passes away too soon. Don‘t lose hope!

When Is Deleting Sims a Good Idea?

Here are some cases when removing Sims can improve your gameplay:

  • Lag from having too many Sims in one save file.
  • Wanting to start fresh with a new story.
  • Removing pre-made Sims you don‘t play with.
  • Deleting surplus offspring from large families.

I like clearing out extra townies and offspring to keep my game running smoothly.

How Many Sims Are Too Many?

Aim to keep your total Sim population under 80 for optimal performance. Most gamers recommend:

  • The Sims 4: 50 or fewer Sims
  • The Sims 3: 70 or fewer Sims
  • The Sims 2: 60 or fewer Sims

Of course, this varies based on your PC. But in general, limiting your Sim count can prevent lag.

Expert Tips for Deleting Sims

Over the years, I‘ve compiled some pro tips for removing Sims:

  • Save favorites to your Library before deleting.
  • Reset stuck ghosts by adding/removing tombstones.
  • Merge households that are getting too big.
  • Cull excess NPC Sims around town.
  • Delete offspring Sims via household manager.

Follow these and you‘ll be deleting Sims like a pro in no time!

Well friend, I hope this guide gives you all the tips you need to delete Sims safely and humanely. Just use eviction, moving out, cheats, and reset methods responsibly. And don‘t forget – you can always bring Sims back if needed! Let me know if you have any other questions.