About Sims 4 on Mac

Sims 4 is playable on Mac through the EA Games’ Origins platform. You can get Sims 4 on your Mac by first downloading the Origin app, logging into your EA Games account, purchasing the game, and installing it through Origin. 


The Sims 4, developed by Maxis and published by EA Games in 2014, is the fourth installment in the popular game series of the same name. For those unfamiliar with The Sims games, core gameplay in each installment revolves around controlling and taking care of simulated persons (called sims) in a realistic simulation of their lives. The base game lacks a specific objective – instead, the focus is placed on giving the player freedom to choose what actions their sims would perform and what choices they will make in their everyday lives to see how that would affect their futures.

Lets Remodel Our House

Another core mechanic of the game is building and furnishing the homes of one’s sims. The player gets full freedom of what type of house or apartment their sims would live in and is allowed to choose the furniture, commodities, and any other part of the interior design. The only limitation (depending on the chosen game mode) is the finances of the sim or family of sims that would be living in said home.

Relation status: Its Complicated

Interactions and relationships between the player’s sims also play a large role in the gameplay of all of the Sims games. The different sims can bond with one another, get in fights, engage in activities together, form friendships or romantic relationships, fall apart, have children together, and more. It all adds to the overall theme of providing the player with a realistic, yet light-hearted, representation of the life of real people.

The Sims 4, for the most part, sticks to the core elements of the previous three installments, but there are also some notable differences that people who’ve played and enjoyed the previous games may not be particularly happy about.


Major complaints from long-time players of the Sims series are that the 4th installment of the game has a less defined focus on relationships between the player’s sims, lacks the open-world elements that the 3d Sims game introduced, and abolishes features such as cars, pools, and basements.

Positive Note

On the positive side, the game has improved (albeit more cartoony) graphics, its building mode has been revamped, and there is a new emotions system and a new multitasking system, making the gameplay more player-friendly.


On release, both players and critics had complaints about the game being unfinished and lacking many features that were present in the previous installments, but over time, with the release of 30+ DLCs over the years, The Sims 4 currently offers tons of content variety that lets the player customize the base game to their liking and get everything they might miss from the previous Sims games. The Sims 4 is still receiving new patches and updates and continues to have a significant player-base.

Can you play The Sims 4 on Mac?

Yes, you can play The Sims 4 on Mac without resorting to workaround methods, as the game has an official macOS version. To play The Sims 4 on Mac, you will first need to install the Origin app and then download the game through it.

The Sims 4 is one of the relatively few games that Mac users can run natively on their computers. You won’t need to jump through any hoops and perform any elaborate setup procedures to start the game on your Mac. However, it must be noted that it is important where you download the game from. You would think that getting it from Steam would let you play it on a Mac computer, but you would be wrong. For whatever reason, purchasing the game from Steam won’t let you run it on your Mac as the Steam version of The Sims 4 is only available for PC. To play it on a Mac, you’d instead need to purchase The Sims 4 on the Origin platform – EA Games’ gaming store. It’s easy and simple to get the game in this way, but it is just as easy to make the mistake of purchasing the game on Steam, which would be an utter waste of money if you don’t own a PC, and you’d then need to go through the process of refunding the game.

To learn how to get the macOS version of The Sims 4 and run it on your Mac, check out the instructions we’ve posted at the end of this article.

The Sims 4 on Mac M1

The Sims 4 can be played on Mac M1 without employing any advanced techniques and workaround methods. All you’d need to do to play The Sims 4 on Mac M1 is to get the Origin app and use it to download the game.

Since The Sims 4 game has an official version for macOS systems, it doesn’t matter whether you have an Intel-based Mac or an M1 Mac – the game can be played on both types of Mac without any issue, and the way to do it is the same. Therefore, if you own an M1 Mac and wish to play The Sims 4 on it, be sure to check out the detailed instructions we’ve provided further down this page and follow them to get the game running on your M1 mac.

How to play Sims 4 on Mac Guide

To play Sims 4 on Mac, first, download and install the EA Games’ Origin app on your Mac, open it, and enter your account. Next, search for the game, purchase it, and download it to be able to play Sims 4 on your Mac.

If you think you may need more detailed instructions on how to install and play the Sims 4 on your Mac, please, read the following lines:

  1. Go to this link, click on Register, and create an EA Games/Origin account if you don’t already have one and confirm the email used to create the account.
  2. Click here, select the download button for Mac, and download the installation file for Origin.
  3. Open the Origin installation file when it downloads and install the app by dragging its icon to the Applications folder icon.
  4. Once the app is installed, go to the Applications folder and double-click on its icon to start it.
    • If you are ever asked whether you are sure you want to install/open this app because it’s been downloaded from the Internet, click Open.
  5. Once you open Origin, log in to your account, then search for The Sims 4 using the search bar, and click on the game’s tile.
    • If you don’t initially see the base game among the different DLC’s, click on View all in Store and scroll down until you find it.
  6. On the game’s page, click on Get the Game and then choose whether you want to get it as a one-time purchase or gain access to it as a part of your subscription to EA Play. If you want to simply purchase the game, click on Buy Now.

  7. Next, choose the edition you prefer (Standard or Deluxe).
  8. Provide your payment details and purchase the game, which will add it to your Origin Library.
  9. Open your Origin Library, click on the Sims 4 tile, and download the game. Once the game downloads and installs, start it from the Origin app or from your Applications folder.

Note: There is a free demo version and a free 48-hour trial version for The Sims 4, but it’s only available for PC, so adding those to your Library won’t allow you to play them from your Mac – you will need to directly get the full game in order to play it.