How to use The Sims 4 debug cheat to unlock more objects

Sims 4 debug cheat
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If you're wondering how to use the Sims 4 debug cheat, we're here to walk you through it. The Sims 4 is a huge and ever-growing game, but once you're in debug mode, you'll get access to items that have been hidden in the game's code by the developer. What's more, most of these items can't be found outside this secret menu.

Sims 4 debug mode might sound daunting, but cheats go with EA's classic life sim like a duck to water, Whether you're looking to turn up the mood lighting with some Sims 4 relationship cheats or looking to earn big with Sims 4 money cheats, these codes are a perfectly safe way to cut corners and plumb the depths of what the game has to offer. Oh, and they're a great time-saver, too.

In this guide, we'll show you how to enable the Sims 4 debug cheat. We've outlined each step, from opening the cheat console to typing in the correct code. All that's left for you to do now is explore the debug menu itself!

How to enable The Sims 4 debug cheat

Before you can actually use The Sims 4 debug cheat, you’ll need to open the cheat console and enable cheats in the game by following the simple rules below:

  • The Sims 4 PC cheats: Hold Ctrl and Shift, then press c
  • The Sims 4 Mac cheats: Hold Command (⌘) and Shift, then press c
  • The Sims 4 PS4 cheats: Hold down all the four shoulder buttons at once
  • The Sims 4 Xbox One cheats: Hold down all four shoulder buttons at once

You'll know you've done it right as a text box should appear across the top of the screen where you can enter your cheat codes.

The Sims 4 debug cheat

the sims 4 debug cheat

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The Sims 4 debug cheat allows players to access a whole new series of objects that wouldn’t normally be available in Build Mode. If you want to unleash all these secret hidden objects, here’s how. 

Once you’ve enabled cheats, you must type testingCheats true into the console. Then, there are two codes to use:

  • bb.showHiddenObjects
  • bb.showLiveEditObjects

bb.showHiddenObjects activates the ‘Buy Debug Mode’ meaning players can access hidden, playable objects like collectibles, rocks, trees, bushes and more. 

While bb.showLiveEditObjects allows players to access an even wider range of objects totaling over 1200 and including items such as decor, trees, and even cars.

Importantly, you must enter bb.showHiddenObjects before you can use bb.showLiveEditObjects though, so make sure you enter them in that specific order and you must be in Build Mode.

Once you’ve entered them, go to the Build Mode search bar in the bottom left corner of the screen and type in debug. Select one of the **DEBUG** options to access all the new items. 

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