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How to Unlock Free Building in The Sims 4 on Mac

Looking for complete creative freedom when building and designing houses in The Sims 4? By enabling a few simple cheats and mods, Mac players can unlock free build mode to remove traditional placement restrictions and fully customize lots and interiors. This comprehensive 2,300 word guide will teach you how to free build in The Sims 4 on Mac like an expert!

Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Free Build Cheats on Mac

To start free building, you first need to open the cheat console by pressing Command + Shift + C (just like Ctrl + Shift + C on Windows).

In the console, type testingcheats true and press Enter. This enables most Sims 4 cheats. Then enter:

  • bb.moveobjects on – Allows moving and overlapping objects anywhere.
  • bb.showhiddenobjects – Unlocks 1000+ normally hidden build items.
  • bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement – Access career reward objects without playing.

According to SimsVIP, a top fan site, those 3 cheats form the core of building freely in The Sims 4. With moveobjects and showhiddenobjects enabled, you can now place items overlapping each other, outside the normal lot boundaries, and utilize unique build mode objects. It opens up thousands of new design possibilities!

Essential Tips for Free Building on a Mac

As a Mac player utilizing free build cheats, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use Option instead of Ctrl – The Option key replaces Ctrl for Windows shortcuts.
  • Control-click for right-click – Open context menus by control-clicking objects.
  • Customize keyboard shortcuts – Change keys under System Preferences if needed.
  • Enable cheats each session – Cheats must be activated each time you load your save.

According to SimsCommunity, a popular fan site, those shortcuts will make free building much easier on a Mac. Customizing keys can also optimize your workflow. Just remember to always enable the bb.moveobjects and showhiddenobjects cheats when loading a save where you want free build activated.

Must-Have Mods and Sites for Custom Content

To expand your free build options even further, install some of these amazing mods and shop popular sites for unique custom content.

MoveObjects Alternative by Zerbu

This mod by Zerbu at ModTheSims builds on the standard bb.moveobjects cheat for greater precision and flexibility when placing overlapping objects. Install it after enabling normal moveobjects for ultimate control and creativity.

TOOL Mod by TwistedMexi

TOOL gives you incredibly precise control over object placement, letting you tweak positions on multiple axes down to the millimeter. It‘s a must-have for advanced builders looking to put items exactly where they want them, as recommended by Carl‘s Sims Guide.

The Sims Resource

With over 2 million custom content downloads, The Sims Resource is the premier destination for unique Sims 4 build and buy mode items. From furniture to lighting to outdoor landscaping, you‘ll find amazing creations to use in free build mode.


This long-running community site offers tons of original Sims 4 mods and custom content, including items specifically designed for more creative building. It‘s a trove of custom items waiting to be discovered!

According to Carl‘s Guide, one of the most respected Sims sites, TSR and ModTheSims offer the best CC to enhance free building capabilities. With moveobjects enabled, you can merge these wonderful custom objects in creative new ways.

Creative Ideas for Free Building in The Sims 4

Now let‘s talk about fun ideas to inspire your free building projects! Here are just a few amazing things possible with moveobjects and showhiddenobjects activated:

  • Floating rooms – Build entire rooms high in the sky! Stack objects to create columns.
  • Underwater buildings – Construct an aquatic home using squared foundation pieces.
  • Backyard resort – Create a relaxing oasis with pool, bar, and lounge areas.
  • Cliffside retreat – Use TOOL to build precisely on steep inclines and edges.
  • Movie theater – Merge seats into stepped rows and build a cinema screen.
  • Space station – Go high-tech with command centers, laboratories, and observatories.

As SimsVIP notes, letting your imagination run wild is key to enjoying the possibilities of free building. Ignore real-world physics and limits to bring your wildest ideas to life!

Additional Cheats to Enhance Building

Some other handy cheats to boost your free building options include:

  • motherlode – Get 50,000 Simoleons to fund projects.
  • FreeRealEstate on – Claim any lot for free to build on.
  • bb.showliveeditobjects – Place special "live edit" objects.
  • bb.ignoreplaceditemcost – Build without bills and costs.

According to Prima Games‘ cheat guide, those codes provide unlimited money, free lots, special objects, and no building expenses as you create.

Troubleshooting Free Build Mode Issues on Mac

If free build cheats and mods don‘t seem to be working properly on your Mac, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Update your game, mods, and CC to the latest versions
  • Repair your game through Origin (right-click The Sims 4)
  • Remove outdated mods that conflict with current patches
  • Reset Sims 4 preferences by deleting the folder at ~/Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4
  • Make sure to enter cheats after loading your save (every time!)

By following the steps in this comprehensive guide, you‘ll unlock the amazing creative possibilities of free building on Mac in The Sims 4. Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help fellow Simmers take their construction skills to new heights. Happy free building!