Save Games

Where can I find my save games ?

You can find your save games here:

C:\Users\<user name>\documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\saves

There are two sub folders within this folder

  • SerialGUID: This folder is not used at the moment an can be ignored
  • Scratch: Only important while playing. Can be ignored for backups.

Each save game has a file Slot_<Number>.save and up to 5  Slot_<Number>.save.ver<Number>. This is the current save game and up to 5 backups. This means the game keeps automatically the 5 last states of your save game as a backup.

How do you load a certain save game ?

The latest game you’ve been playing will be automatically loaded when you press on the big Play-Button in the lower right corner

You do have the option to start a completely new game or load a different save game by clicking either on the PLUS symbol or the DISC symbol in the upper right corner of your main menu.

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After pressing the load button you will get a window with your save games to choose from.

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How does the Auto-Save work ?

Unsure but the game does not save at certain intervals but rather when you do certain actions like traveling.

How do I backup my save games ?

To backup your save games, all you have to do is copy the file Slot_<Number>.save  and maybe Slot_<Number>.save.ver<Number> to a save place (external disc, flash drive, other place on your hard disc, DVD, …). You could create a folder SimsSaves for this.

Since the save games do not have names that tell you what is what, it is best to create a folder for each of your games and put the current save game and it’s backups in there. Use a name you can remember for the name of the folder. I do not recommend renaming the files itself since you would need to remember to name them back.

You can also use the save as option ingame to give the game a new name. This way you don’t overwrite the old one. The save game gets a new slot number.

When should I make a backup of my save game ?

A backup is important before the installation of each patch/expansion pack

I also recommend to save before a big event like a wedding or moving. Use a different name to save under.

How do I restore a backup ?

If you want to overwrite your current save game with one of the backups, all you need to do is to delete the file Slot_<Number>.save (or move if you want to keep) and then rename one of the Slot_<Number>.save.ver<Number>  in  Slot_<Number>.save. This will make the game recognize the save game as legit and show it in the game.

If you have your own backups you can also delete the Slot_<Number>.save  (or move if you want to keep) and then copy your backup back in the saves folder.

Are there other files I should backup ?

It’s best to save all user files. More can be found here: Backups.

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