The Sims 3 cheats

The Sims 3 cheats are here to take the stress out of your virtual life, and you’ll get no judgment from us if you use them to make managing your digital world a little easier. The Sims 3 cheats codes form part of a tradition that runs through the entire series, and their existence is so well known that you could suggest they’re actually a core part of the game, allowing you to get the most out of it and explore everything that’s on offer. Not everyone has the time or patience to amass a Simoleon fortune and work their way to the top of their careers, but with these Sims 3 cheats you can receive the boost you need to make things happen and fast-track your goals.

So, let’s get straight to it – here are some top The Sims 3 cheats for PC, Mac, PS3, and Xbox. Just make sure you read our guide carefully first, so that you don’t mess anything up with your favorite Sims.

The Sims 3 shift-click cheats

One of the most important cheat codes in The Sims 3 is testingcheatsenabled true, which enables a world of new options that are accessible by using shift-click on Sims, items, and more. To shift-click on PlayStation press X+O, or for Xbox use A+B at the same time. We’ve put together some of the options below:


Shift-click the mailbox and choose any of the following options:

  • Make All Happy to set active household mood to max
  • Make Friends For Me to give the active Sim a number of random friends from the neighbourhood
  • Make Needs Static to set needs to max and stop them decaying over time
  • Make All Dynamic to return needs to normal decay rate
  • Make Me Know Everyone to make active Sim know everyone in the neighbourhood
  • Force Visitor to make a random visitor arrive
  • Force NPC (more options available) to make a particular NPC arrive
  • Set Career (more options available) to set the current Sim’s career to a specified path, branch, and rank 

The Sims 3 Sims cheats

The Sims 3

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 Shift-click all Sims and choose any of the following options:

  • Trigger Age Transition to age up selected Sim
  • Add to active household/family to add selected Sim to a household
  • Edit Sim in CAS to take a Sim back to Create-A-Sim mode
  • Modify Traits for Active Sim to change only an active Sims traits

The Sims 3 Career Building cheats

 Shift-click the career building of a Sim and choose any of the following options:

  • Force Opportunity to force work-related opportunities
  • Force Event to force work-related event
  • Force All Events to force every possible event from chosen workplace

The Sims 3 ground cheats

The Sims 3

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 Shift-click the ground and choose any of the following options:

  • Teleport me here to teleport active Sim to that location
  • Build/Buy on this lot (after patch 1.7) to enable build and buy mode even when there’s a fire or burglary, either option enables both
  • Seasons (more options available) to enable weather control within the game (only available with Seasons expansion pack) 

The Sims 3 money cheats

KACHING! No, seriously, kaching. Enter any of the below The Sims 3 money cheats for some extra Simoleons or free housing.

  • kaching – receive 1,000 Simoleons
  • rosebud – receive 1,000 Simoleons
  • motherlode – receive 50,000 Simoleons
  • familyfunds [sims last name] [money wanted] – replace with family surname and a numeric value between 0 – 99,999,999 (must enter testingcheatsenabled true in console first)
  • freerealestate – allows you to buy any house you want (must enable this code in Map mode)

The Sims 3 relationship cheats

The Sims 3 relationship cheats

The Sims 3

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  • make me know everyone – selected Sim knows every other Sim
  • make friends for me – make several random friends for selected Sim
  • force visitor – forces a neighbour to show up
  • add to household – add active Sim to current household

The Sims 3 needs and skills cheats

  • shazaam – add 2,500 lifetime happiness points to active Sim
  • ResetLifeTimeHappiness – resets the lifetime happiness of all the Sims in an active household
  • modify traits – set or clear traits
  • Resetsim [first name] [last name] – teleports named Sim back to household lot with neutral motives and no moodlets
  • make happy – sets all moods/moodlets for everyone in the house to perfect; removes negative moodlets
  • make motivates static – set motives to static for entire household
  • make motivates dynamic – set motives to dynamic for entire household

The Sims 3 career cheats

The Sims 3

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  • set career [career] [level] – give selected Sim a career
  • force opportunity – click career building you work at to force an opportunity
  • force event – click career building you work at to force an event
  • force all events – click career building to display all events for the career consecutively
  • unlockoutfits [on|off] – view career outfits and service uniforms (must enable this code before entering Create-A-Sim mode)

The Sims 3 edit Sim cheats

  • set age [number] – set age of Sim
  • ageuptoNPC on – ages up a Sim into a non-controllable NPC who lives in your household, also works on children
  • forcetwins – gives pregnant Sim twins

The Sims 3 object cheats

The Sims 3

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  • buydebug [on|off] – lets you buy anything, including locked objects (must enter testingcheatsenabled true in console first)
  • moveobjects [on|off] – no limitations for placing/moving objects
  • Constrainfloorelevation [true|false] – force terrain adjustments regardless of objects, Sims, and other structures
  • Fadeobjects [on|off] – objects fade when camera gets close to them
  • disablesnappingtoslotsonalt [on|off] – objects will not snap to slots while holding Alt
  • snapobjectstoangle [true|false] – toggle 45 degree angle object snap
  • snapobjectstogrid [true|false] – toggle snap to grid for placed objects
  • placefriezes [on|off] – allows you to place foundations on top of tiled floors

The Sims 3 world and UI cheats

  • help – displays most cheats
  • quit – quits the game
  • fullscreen [on|off] – toggle fullscreen
  • fps [on|off] – shows frame rate display in top right of screen
  • hideHeadlineEffects [on|off] – hides all meters and effects in-game, e.g. Sim thought bubbles or Plumbob
  • slowMotionViz: [0-8] – slow motion visuals: 0 is normal, 8 is slowest
  • playsounds [on|off] – toggle all audio (must enter testingcheatsenabled true in console first)

The Sims 3 miscellaneous cheats

The Sims 3

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  • jokeplease – prints random joke to console, doesn’t affect gameplay
  • enablellamas [on|off] – llamas enabled message prints to console
  • force service sim [name] – force a specific service Sim to appear

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