The Sims 4: How to show hidden objects and access debug mode

Since its release in 2014, The Sims 4 has become one of the most popular games available today, with over 36 million registered users and over $400 million per year generated from its many expansion packs and microtransactions. The Sims 4 sees players build their dream home and family, crafting every intricate detail from thousands of possibilities. One way to achieve your dream home in The Sims 4 is to use Debug Mode to show all of the hidden objects in the game.

Debug Mode essentially shows you all the items that aren’t available to purchase in-game – this could be a plate of food or a pair of shoes. It really opens up the assortment of items you can get access to and should be a great alternative to modding The Sims 4. Although, that’s also an option if you want more items!

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It’s a great tool to further customise your in-game house with smaller items that can give it a more unique feel.

How to show hidden objects in The Sims 4 on PC?

As a heads up, this method may well do the trick on mac as well, we just haven’t been able to try it ourselves. Follow along and see if it does work for you though.

Firstly, you’ll need to access the Cheat Console in The Sims 4. You might also know this by the name cheats menu, or debug menu. To do so, press CTRL + SHIFT + C in-game. If you already use those, this is where you’d typically enter money cheats – such as motherlode, which adds 50,000 simoleons to your buy mode budget – and the like as well.

Then, before you input any cheats you need to type “testingcheats true” and hit enter. This will enable all the other cheats and you need it if you want to enable the Debug cheat Mode and show all the hidden objects in The Sims 4.

Next, you’ll need to input the cheat code “bb.showhiddenobject” and press enter. This should add all the Debug items to your build mode buy catalog. It might be a bit cluttered, but it’s worthwhile.

Show Hidden Objects Sims
Credit: EA

Please note, nothing will actually visibly happen when you input this hidden objects cheat regardless of if you’re on PC, PS4 or something else entirely. You’ll need to head to the build/buy catalogue in-game and check to see whether you’ve got a new batch of items or not.

How to show hidden objects in The Sims 4 on consoles?

First things first, you’re going to need to open the Cheat Console on your PlayStation – or Xbox – version of The Sims 4. You can do this by pressing all four shoulder buttons.

  • PlayStation Consoles – L1 + L2 + R1 + R2
  • Xbox Consoles – RB + RT + LB + LT

Once you’ve done this, you need to enter “testingcheats true” and hit A (for Xbox) or X (for PlayStation).

Show Hidden Objects The Sims 4
Credit: Xfire

You’ll see a pop-up explaining that achievements and trophies won’t be available with cheats enabled – which is standard – and then you should be able to start entering the right console commands in order to show Hidden Objects in-game.

Enter the following two console commands and hit A (for Xbox) or X (for PlayStation) when you’re done.

  • “bb.showhiddenobjects”
  • “bb.showliveeditobjects”

When you’ve done this, you can find all the hidden objects in The Sims 4 by filtering all your items by the following…

  • Filters > Content > Unknown

This will show you all the standard hidden objects as well as environmental objects that you can’t purchase in The Sims 4.

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If you want to turn it off, you can re-type the Debug Mode input cheat and add “off” or “false” to the end of it. This should deactivate the cheat and remove all of the objects from your build/buy catalogue. If you’re not sure if it’s worth the buy mode catalog being absolutely flooded with new environment objects from this buy debug mode.

Honestly, you might want to test this out on a new world first and compare this whole new series of objects to the usual buy mode, without all the added clutter.

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