Don‘t worry, friend – I‘ve been there before with unresponsive Sims! There are a few common reasons your little digital people get stuck, but with the right tricks, you can get them moving again in no time. In this guide, I‘ll walk you through why your Sims freeze up and show you how to unstick them.
The most common culprits for immobile Sims are low needs, queued actions, routing issues, bugs, and mod conflicts. We‘ll cover solutions for all of those problems. With a few clicks and cheat codes, you can reset frozen Sims and prevent future freezing issues.
Common Causes of Unresponsive Sims
Let‘s start by looking at why your Sims might ignore commands or freeze up in the first place. Here are the most common reasons:
Sims are pretty good at prioritizing their own needs first before following your instructions. If their hunger, energy, fun, social, hygiene or bladder needs are critically low, they‘ll refuse to do anything else until those needs are met.
Make sure to keep their needs bars at least halfway full. If you see any of them flashing red, that‘s probably why your Sim won‘t move – they NEED food, sleep, a shower, etc. Take care of those basic needs first.
Sometimes your Sim already has a bunch of actions queued up that they‘re trying to complete. Check the row of icons above their portrait to see if multiple actions are stacked up.
Your Sim will be unresponsive to new commands until they finish or you cancel what‘s already in their queue. Let them complete the actions or click the X to cancel them, then try giving a new command.
Routing and Pathing Issues
If your Sim can‘t find a proper route to complete an action, they may get stuck in place as they try to figure out where to go. This is especially common if your build has narrow hallways or blocked spaces.
Reset them to clear any stuck routing and give them a fresh pathfinding start. We‘ll go over resetting shortly!
Game Bugs and Glitches
Unfortunately The Sims 4 isn‘t 100% glitch-free, and bugs can sometimes cause Sims to freeze up. Usually saving and reloading your game will fix it by resetting the scene.
Make sure to update your game too – bug patches address freezing issues all the time. Check for any available updates through Origin or Steam when you run into problems.
Mod and CC Conflicts
Custom content and mods are great for enhancing gameplay, but they can also unintentionally cause issues with Sim behavior. Outdated, badly-made, or conflicting mods are common culprits for unresponsive Sims.
If your Sims act up after you add mods, try removing them and adding them back slowly one at a time to identify any problem mods causing conflicts.
How to Reset and Unfreeze Stuck Sims
Okay, you know why your Sim is ignoring you, but how do you actually get them moving again? Here are a few methods to reset unresponsive Sims:
Use the resetSim Cheat
The simplest way is to open the cheat console with Ctrl + Shift + C and type in:
resetSim Firstname Lastname
For example, if you wanted to reset Bella Goth, you‘d type:
resetSim Bella Goth
This will reset just that one Sim and teleport them back home!
To reset your whole neighborhood, type:
Shift + Click Reset
- Enter Build Mode on the lot with your frozen Sim.
- Hold Shift on your keyboard and click directly on the unresponsive Sim.
- A menu will pop up – select Reset Object (Debug).
This lets you reset just one Sim instead of your whole game.
Save and Reload
If just one Sim is affected, save your game, fully exit to the main menu, then reload the save. Your neighborhood will reset with the save.
This isn‘t as efficient as using cheats, but works if cheats aren‘t available in your game mode.
Repair Game in Origin/Steam
In rare cases, a glitch with game files and data can cause strange Sim behavior.
Try repairing your game through the Origin or Steam client – this scans and fixes any corrupted data files.
You may need to do a clean reinstall as a last resort if repairing doesn‘t work.
What to Do If Resetting Doesn‘t Fix Your Sim
Sometimes resets bug out and fail to unstick a Sim. If the usual reset tricks don‘t work, here are a few other things to try:
- Travel to another lot – Use the map to travel somewhere else, then return home. This forces a scene reload.
- Move households – Move the frozen Sim out of their household then immediately move them back in. This shuffles their data.
Enable cheats – Type
testingcheats onto enable extra cheats if needed.
Max needs – Use cheats like
MakeHappyto max out their moods and needs before resetting.
- Remove mods – Take out all custom content and mods, then do the reset. Check if it‘s a mod conflict.
- Repair/reinstall – Try repairing files or completely reinstall as a last resort.
- Hard restart – Force quit the game and restart your computer to completely clear it out.
Preventing Sims From Freezing in the Future
Here are some tips to help avoid those pesky stuck and frozen Sims:
- Quickly fulfill needs before they turn red. Keep bars at least halfway full.
- Frequently save your game so you can revert if needed.
- Limit mods and CC, update them regularly after patches.
- Clear your cache files periodically to refresh the game.
- Manage custom content so your game isn‘t overloaded.
- Disable aging for played households so needs don‘t deplete as quickly.
- Take Sims out of Live mode when building to suspend needs.
- Update your game and mods after every patch to fix bugs.
- Reset overly-complex lots that routing struggles with.
And there you have it! With this guide, you now know how to get your Sims moving again after they freeze up. Let me know if you have any other questions – happy Simming!