How to Add a Sim to a Household in The Sims 4

Still limited to eight people without mods, though
The Sims 4 How to Add a Sim to a Household

Have you ever looked at your household and thought it was way too small? Did you recently move into a larger house and want to add a few more Sims into the mix? Regardless of the situation, knowing how to add Sims to your household is a great way to spice up your game without making a separate save. If you’re interested in learning more, continue reading to discover how to add a sim to your household in The Sims 4.

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How to Add a Sim to a Household in The Sims 4

Surprisingly, there are multiple methods to add sims to your household. How you do this will depend on whether or not you want to create a new sim or add a pre-existing NPC as a playable character.

Asking Sims to Join Your Household

If you find a specific NPC in-game that you wish to add, start befriending them! As you raise your friendship with a character, you’ll eventually unlock the “Ask to Join Household” option under Friendly. When you find this, tap it to add that character to your household. Alternatively, you can marry an NPC and undergo a very similar process.

Related: How to have more than 8 Sims in a household in The Sims 4

Creating a New Sim

This method requires you to go to a new lot and make more sims. To do this, click Manage Worlds to access an overview of your community map. Choose an empty lot and tap on “Create New Household to Move In”. After going through the process of making your sim, move them into your pre-existing household using the following steps:

  • Select the empty lot and tap the three dots in the bottom-right corner
  • Click Move Out Household
  • Choose your pre-existing household and tap the truck button.
  • Select Move In

Doing this will add your new household to the old one, merging the two.

Merging Households Through the Gallery

If you’d like to use a custom character in your household without going through the effort of making one yourself, you can use other people’s! To do this, go into the family you wish to expand and tap the light bulb icon at the top of your screen to access the Gallery. From here, find a character you want to add, click the download button and select “Place Household” in the bottom-right corner of the screen. By doing this, you’ll merge the family into your current household.

It’s important to note that in the base game, there is a limit of eight characters in each household. Unless you download mods, you’ll have to make do with an eight Sim limit or split up your families if you want to play with more characters.

Having or Adopting Children

While this method doesn’t work if you want an adult sim, it’s great if you want to expand your family through generations. The first way to do this is by giving birth to child sims naturally through romantic encounters and WooHooing between two sims. You can either befriend a sim and develop romantic attraction between them or create two sims who are already married to each other.

Related: How to Age Up Toddlers in The Sims 4

Alternatively, you can use a computer to adopt a child. To do this, head onto a computer and choose Household. Pick adopt to spend 1000 Simoleons on adopting a toddler or child of your choice. Once you select a child to adopt, they’ll automatically enter your household after some time.

The Sims 4 is available to play on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 through the official website. If you’d like to learn more about the game, check out our Sims 4 Wants and Fears Guide and How to Study Opponents.

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Madison Benson
Madison was a staff writer at Prima Games who has played video games for over twenty years and written about them for over two years. Her love for video games started with turn-based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and has since extended to casual farming sims, MMORPGs, and action-adventure RPGs.