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The Sims 3 Cheats

Money & Testingcheats Console Commands

How to Cheat

To access the Sims 3 Command Console, press Control + Shift + C. You should see a box appear in the top left of the screen - that is where you type the Cheats, then press Enter. If you're using Windows Vista and for some reason the console won't come up, press Control, Windows and the Shift button along with 'C'. When you're done cheating, press the escape key to close the console.

The Sims 3 Cheats

CheatWhat it Does
testingcheatsenabled trueEnables testing cheats (such as shift-click mailbox)
kaching or rosebudGives the household $1,000 Simoleons
familyfunds lastname amountThe best money cheat. Gives the specified amount of money to the household with that last name
resetsim firstname lastnameUse this cheat to fix a Sim who cannot move
hideheadlineeffects onHides the plumbob and any speech bubbles. Good for screenshots.
buydebugLets you buy anything, including locked objects such as Pangu's Axe (World Adventures)
Moveobjects on/offAllows you to place objects anywhere. See many more building cheats below.
AgeuptoNPC onAges up a Sim into a non-controllable NPC who lives in your household. Works on children.
jokepleaseGives you a random joke

Sims 3 Testing Cheats

How to use Testing Cheats:
As listed above you must type the console command testingcheatsenabled true. This will allow you to press shift and click various locations and items to bring up special commands. I'll list some of them here. You can use these as Skills Cheats. Follow that link to learn how you might use testinghceats to raise skills in The Sims 3.

Ground-Clicking Testing Cheats

How to Teleport
This cheat will really take some travel time off your Sim's commute! Shift-click any open patch of ground with testing cheats enabled, and your Sim can instantly teleport, star trek style, to that location. Use it for collecting, to get to your favorite fishing spot, or any number of other ways. Get creative! With World Adventures you can zip to and fro without cheating, although not as quickly, by using Zeneport and Tranquil Transference. This cheat can also be used to access areas you can't go on foot.

Changing Other Lots - Build or Buy Mode outside the Household
Shift-clicking the ground on a lot you do not own will allow you to build/buy on that lot. This will allow you to make changes to buildings and add features, such as extra skill objects or amenities you'd like to use while visiting. Using this Cheat uses your own household's funds to buy/build, so you are investing in that lot by either improving it, or taking some things away and raising your family funds.

Mailbox-Click Testing Cheats for Advanced Control

Activate the following commands by shift-clicking the Mailbox. You'll be presented with a Menu with the following advanced Cheats.

Cheat to Make Friends in The Sims 3: Make Your Sim Know Everyone
Yep, you can shift-click the magic mailbox to allow your Sim to know every other Sim in the town you're playing. Realize that it must add all the townsfolk to your list of known Sims, so it may take a while for the cheat to finish processing.

Make All Happy
Activating this Cheat makes all active household Sims happy by filling their needs instantly. It is a one-time boost unlike Make Needs Static, below. It does not, however, affect guests at parties or other NPCs on the lot - that means Sims who have been affected by ageuptonpc will not be affected either. Thanks to Neveryon for confirming how this one works - I originally thought it would affect all on the lot. Make All Happy is

Unlimited Needs Cheat: Make Needs Static
When you use this, your Sim's needs will be locked. Your Sim's needs bar will fill up, and they will never decrease while it's enabled. To disable this, go back to the mailbox and click make needs dynamic.!

The Make Me Friends Cheat
Clicking this throws you a few random friends. Again, not that important but it could be useful as a cheat if you want to raise your charisma by reading or using the mirror, but don't want to have to satisfy the friend requirements of the skill. It'll also help with the Super Popular Lifetime Wish and the Charisma Challenges.

Career Promotion Cheat
You can change your Sim's current job and even give them a promotion to the top level in that career track. Check out the different special abilities your Sim earns for reaching the top spot. Look to the Career Guide for information on the perks your Sims gain as they climb to the top of each career ladder.

Chat to Change Your Sim's Looks: Edit in Create-A-Sim
You can now edit a Sim in create-a-sim with testingcheats enabled. This allows you to completely redesign the Sim, and as such is quite powerful for customization of a Townie or changes to a Sim you created.

Spawning Jobs and Work Events
You can trigger career events by shift-clicking a place of work. If your Sim has one of the new professions with Ambitions, you can shift-click an inhabited lot to spawn jobs. This works for jobs like firefighter. The job types available for spawn are limited by your level in the profession, of course. It's a good way to cheat and fill those lifetime wishes. It also works for rabbit hole jobs if you click the appropriate public lots.

Clicking Your Sim with Testingcheats

Modify Traits:
Clicking this will bring up the traits list for your Sim. You can then clear them all out, and have a mid-life crisis without paying all those lifetime reward points. This is very cool if you have a super Sim you want to be able to try different traits with. It's excellent for experimentation.

Age Up Cheat: Trigger Age Transition
This can make a Sim age to the next life cycle, which follows this pattern: Baby, Toddler, Child, Teen, Young Adult, Adult, Elder. You can't go backward. The only way to Age Sims down is to use Young Again, a lifetime reward or chemistry potion from The Sims 3 Generations expansion. Otherwise, the closest you can come to saving an elder Sim is to feed them ambrosia or disable aging (see above).

Cheating to Force a Sim to Move In
If you Shift-click a Sim who's not in your house with the testing cheats on, you can take control of them and immediately have them join your household. Use this for devious reasons, or to avoid editing families. It's a fast and seamless way to add to your family.

Clicking a Work Site
Force Events and Opportunities
If you shift-click your Sim's place of work, you can force events to occur. These vary from job to job. What you're triggering is one of the random events that may happen while a Sim is at work. Additionally, you can trigger job opportunities this way. Use it to help your Sim get promotions faster by forcing the opportunities that help them advance. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any way to force skill and special events. Sorry, no way to cheat to get the ability to grow the omni plant, you'll have to work for it a bit!

Non-Shift Click Testing Cheats

Remove Moodlets
If you hold control while the testing cheats are enabled, you can remove nasty moodlets. You can, in fact, remove any moodlet with this cheat. You can use it to remove the fatigued moodlet after working out, so the Sim can get back on the treadmill, or remove the frightened moodlet that appears when your Sim has been chased out of the catacombs by a zombie bear!

Max a Sim's Motives
With testingcheats enabled, you can click a Sim's needs bar to raise or lower them. Drag the bar and it should fill or deplete. This can be ultra-handy for parents of triplets trying to get all three potty trained! It's also good if you really need your Sim in top form to complete an opportunity but they're hungry, or tired and won't cook the meals that need to be delivered the next day. Its applications are many, and can be considered a lightweight version of the make needs static cheat.

Make Friends (or Enemies) through Cheating
If you go into the relationship pane with these cheats enabled, you'll also be able to drag relationship bars. You can make someone a best friend or even a nemesis this way. To make them a love interest, drag their bar to full, invite them over then have your Sim start the romantic interactions.

Cheat for Infinite Lifetime Rewards (Lifetime Happiness Points)
Make your Sim and get them into their house. Save the game once they're moved in, then head back to the main menu. Before you load your Sims 3 saved game again, open the cheat console (Control + Shift + C) and type testingcheatsenabled true. Once you load your Sims game, the testing cheats will still be on. This will allow you to go to the lifetime rewards tab, then control click in the area around the treasure chest icon. The game should be unpaused to do this, or it may appear to not be working. Each click will give your Sim an additional 500 lifetime happiness points. Click away, you've got infinite reward points to spend! Go out and snag that Food Replicator.

Free Lots
With testing cheats enabled, you can make lots free to allow a single Sim to purchase a lot that is over their budget. Simply type the console command freerealestate and all lots will be free. This is a decent time saver if you want to buy the biggest lot from the start, then skip on money cheats later.

If you for some reason need or want to turn off the Sims 3 testing cheats, type testingcheatsenabled false.

If you discover any other objects that can be shift-clicked with this cheat, or find a way to trigger skill opportunities by cheating, be sure to let me know! Do so by joining our forum

Other Types of Cheats & Secrets

Make Sims Live Forever by Disabling Aging
This is not really a cheat, but many may not notice that it is present in the game so I felt it should be listed here. Go to the options menu and head to the game options tab at the top of the window. Here you can slide the Sims' lifespans bar all the way to the right to make their life last for 900 days. Additionally, if you uncheck the enable aging box, you will disable aging, your Sims will no longer age. Be careful, this is not immortality in the basic sense. You can still die from fire or electrocution. To help prevent this, be sure to install a smoke detector in your Sim's home and if you get shocked while tinkering, repairing, or upgrading an object don't go back to work for a while because the second shock can kill your Sim.

Prevent Death with the Death Flower
If your Sim has a death flower in their inventory when they die, they'll give it to the grim reaper in exchange for their soul. You can usually find a death flower at the graveyard in the beginning. Harvest the plant and keep this on your Sim. If they happen to die by fire, drowning or any other preventable way, your Sim will hand over the flower and live on. Read up on Gardening to learn to grow your own.

Secret: Selecting the Baby's Gender
While only world renowned surgeons can actually determine the gender of your babies, you can improve the chances your Sim will have the gender of baby you're looking for. You can boost the odds of having a male by having the pregnant Sim eat apples, or increase chances for a girl by eating watermelon. This is a tried and true gender-selection method. Note this takes place after a Sim is already pregnant. So, if you really want your Sim to have a boy or girl, head to the supermarket and get them eating the produce of choice.

Increase Chance to Have Twins or Triplets
Since some want to have twins, and aren't aware of this, I'll write a bit about it. To increase the chances of having twins or triplets before your Sims Woohoo for baby, take the fertility treatment lifetime reward for one or both. One Sim with this will work sometimes, but if both have the treatment, you're almost guaranteed multiple babies. The secret is to have the parent listen to kids' music on the radio, and watch children's programming on television. Doing both at once a lot during the pregnancy will really boost mom's chances of multiples!

Sims 3 Expansion Pack Cheats

World Adventures Tomb Building Cheats
While teleporting, making needs always green, and giving your Sims cash is nice while traveling, the Sims 3's World Adventures expansion patch added one new cheat to the game. To use it, first enable "god mode" by typing testingcheatsenabled true followed by buydebug. This cheat allows your Sim to purchase all the new items in the expansion pack and enables you to partake in Tomb Building. This can be useful for fixing broken merchants in the new destinations' marketplaces. If a vendor isn't there you can enable this mode, delete their cash register and place another one of the same kind in its place. Purchasing Pangu's Axe and other unique items can also be helpful for people who don't mind cheating their way through.

Edit Lots in Foreign Lands (WA)
Type EnableLotLocking on. When you click the lot in the travel spot that you want to edit, there will now be a lock that you can enable/disable to allow construction there.

Cheat for Ambitions Profession Experience
You can click and drag the Ambitions profession experience bars with testingcheatsenabled true. This doesn't work for regular careers. Rather, you'd shift-click the mailbox and select a career track/specific job to get promoted quickly. This cheat is helpful for professions when your Sim has already maxed the primary skill associated with that profession.

The Sims 3 Late Night Skyscrapers
If you have buydebug on, you can access skyscraper shells. Typing restrictbuildbuyinbuildings off will allow you to make edits to these and customize your apartments and other aspects of the building.

Sims 3 Late Night Cheats for Club Entry
With testing cheats enabled, if you shift-click a barrier in a Late Night club, you can change the entry requirements such as star level, bribe amount etc. This cheat can help your Sim to get into lounges and night clubs they couldn't without some actual work.

The Sims 3 Seasons: Weather Cheats
Simmers who have The Sims 3 Seasons can use a new type of cheat - weather control! To do this, use testingcheatsenabled true and shift-click any patch of ground. The cheat menu will appear, where you can access the Seasons interface, which lets you control the current seasons, weather, wind, and temperature of the world.

Note that you are able to disable certain Seasons, change the length of Seasons, and the types of weather that may occur through the Sims 3's options menu.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise: Unlock Uncharted Islands Cheat
If you want to cheat to avoid all the various tasks you need to do in order to unlock all the Islands in The Sims 3 Island Paradise, first type testingcheatsenabled true, then use the DiscoverAllUnchartedIslands Cheat, which will instantly take the fog off all islands and allow you to build a resort there. If you want to do it the honest way and have trouble collecting bottles with map parts, read Finding Map Fragments and follow the other guides to Island Paradise to see the means of unlocking other Uncharted Islands.

Building Cheats - More Build Mode Options

These cheats are in a separate section as they are mainly useful for builders. The Moveobjects on cheat can help you at times when you need to relocate something and the game won't let you. These cheat codes will allow you to modify your Sim's home or lot, making it more unique. In creative hands, these can be powerful tools.

Moveobjects On/Off
Type this cheat in to the console to give yourself the ability to place items anywhere. You can do silly things with this, or use it to your advantage to help you decorate your Sim's house. With it, there won't be restrictions as to where you can place certain items, like cars. To disable the cheat, type moveobjects off

RestrictBuildBuyinBuildings Off/On
Use this if you get the error message that the Homeowner's Association won't allow construction. The code must be input after testingcheatsenabled true. This eliminates the restriction and lets you make changes to such lots.

AlwaysAllowBuildBuy On/Off
This prevents you from ever being restricted from building or buying because of events like a house fire or burglary.

ConstrainFloorElevation False/True
This cheat turns off the constraints on elevation. With the limitations disabled, you can change the height of walls and terrain as high as you'd like.

PlaceFriezes On/Off
Allows you to place foundations on top of tiled floors.

disableSnappingToSlotson Alt On/Off
This stops objects from snapping into a slot when placing them.

Hold Alt While Placing Objects
This isn't necessarily a cheat, but my be unknown to some Simmers. Holding Alt while placing an object will allow you to freely rotate it, offering more placement options.

Further Reading: Gameplay Tips, Secrets, and Helpful Information

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I heart the sims says...
this really helped all i knew before was the motherlode cheat.
19th October 2013 10:08pm
Cat says...
Same soooooooo good
15th July 2017 7:38am
Bolt says...
Yeah I only knew motherlode and testingcheatsenabled true.
16th May 2021 8:49pm
shasha says...
Im new, can anyone teach me how to use the "testingcheatenabled true" ? First step is?
16th November 2013 7:09am
babyboo02 says...
its pretty easy. just click control, shift, c all at the same time. Then a box will appear. That is where you put your cheats in. :) hope this helped.
28th May 2014 1:05pm
rhianna lovatt says...
i got the sims 3 delux and i did the cheat but it keeps saying unknowen comand and i have a house in the island paradise please help x
29th May 2014 5:16pm
Carl says...
Must be some typo. It is literally:

testingcheatsenabled true

no quotes, no spaces aside from before 'true'.
11th June 2014 9:19pm
Bridgette says...
Well, it's not working for me. It keeps saying the same thing AND I'm typing it in correctly.
15th November 2015 11:15pm
Leah says...
Testingcheatsebabled True never worked on my game either. I've had luck with "testingcheatsenabled on" though. So on/off rather than true/false.
Hope that helps you! :)
25th November 2015 7:21pm
Reyzo says...
I’ve discovered that cheats don’t work if you’re using a custom mouse cursor. Unless it’s one of the defaults of your computer’s cursors, you can’t use cheats.
13th April 2020 2:12pm
valerie paniccia says...
nothing is working for me!!!!!! no cheats r working and im following the steps!!!!!!!
9th August 2018 1:52am
Jess says...
I know this is random but i was trying to find someone who could make me a jeep liberty 2010 for sims 3.. anyway that might be possible?
6th November 2019 7:55am
tea says...
Did you use the testingcheatsenabled true first?if you didnt you have to first type testingcheatsenabled true then type your cheat.
3rd July 2014 4:09am
Ghost says...
You missed out the 's' in cheats, it's 'testingcheatsenabled true' NOT 'testingcheatenabled true'. Also, enter this cheat at the main menu stage, not in game. If you do it in game, it won't let you use some cheats.

~ G
7th August 2015 7:28am
Bolt says...
You shift+click stuff to use most of it.
16th May 2021 10:16pm
MoeMoe says...
I tried to do the Lifetime Rewards cheat thing, but it didn't work. Do you actually have to make a new save file for it to work, or can you use an old one??
19th October 2013 1:46pm
Carl says...
You can use an existing save. So long as you type the code correctly from the main menu, it should work as intended. I don't know what would be preventing it. Once you activate that code, you can exit to the main menu, use another save, and it will still be active, so it's never turned off until the game is restarted or you disable by typing testingcheatsenabled false ...

Sorry I cannot help further. Did you ever get it to work?
8th June 2014 6:06pm
Lydia says...
Unfortunately, that cheat only works if testingcheatsenabled is on at the main menu. It personally is one of my favorite cheats, so that rule stinks. Good luck!
21st June 2014 7:28pm
Laiken says...
I do this cheat SO much. What you have to do, is after your game loads to where you can pick which household you want to play, (The Main Menu) press Control, Shift, C and the cheats box will appear. One it's done type in testingcheatsenabled true. But you HAVE to do it before you select your household in the Main Menu. After that, select your household. Once it loads, go to the lifetime reward section, in your sims needs/inventory and all that. Beside the little Treasure chest, press Control. And Alt. Then press the right button on your laptop. Or mouse. And they're you go! Just keep holding Control, Alt, and The Right button until you're happy with your amount. Hope this helped.
21st April 2017 1:44pm
Anne says...
Or just type in the console lifetimehappiness it'll give you 50,000 points to which ever sim is selected.
10th August 2017 9:52am
Logan says...
I know this is an old comment but to use the life time point thing you have to enter testing cheats in the home screen before going into a world.
25th January 2018 3:18pm
simlover says...
Why wont any of the cheat codes work for me when I try to unlock all the islands? What should I do? Please Help!!!
What exactly are you trying that's not working? Are you making sure testingcheats is enabled?
23rd July 2013 9:14pm
Takirah says...
for the lifetime points the cheat is "tesingcheatsenabled on" not "tesingcheatsenabled true" but you have to put the cheat on after "tesingcheatsenabled true" and while your in the main menu for it to work it gives you 500 lp
I don't know about "on", but true works and is what I've used from the beginning. As you said, it does have to be done from the main menu.
2nd November 2013 7:56am
Lordyoma777 says...
Iv tried all of that
And that hold control button it doesn’t even work Iv punched it in 4 times in the main menu
10th October 2020 4:18am
Playalot says...
At the window where you can pick which world or save you are going to play in open the cheats console window (control+shift+c) and type
testingcheatsenabled true
then load your game. Now you can cheat in lifetime points as your game is running...not paused.
12th October 2020 5:21pm
Evcy says...
how to get a christmas tree?
17th November 2013 1:54pm
flyingclowns says...
christmas trees (its in a christmas set) are on the sims 3 community website for free here:
14th June 2014 3:44am
Ciana says...
HEY GUYS PLEASE HELP!!!!!! see i just the new patch 1.63 and i cant edited town lots the said i need a code for it.... i dont know what it is.. i look for it in help.. but im not sure which one is it.... please guy this bar rlly needed to be upated!!1
22nd October 2013 10:41pm
Playalot says...
Guide to Edit Town has some tips but if the unlock/lock icon still doesn't allow you to build try this:
First cheat: TestingCheatsEnabled true
Second Cheat: BuyDebug On
Third Cheat: EnableLotLocking true.
24th May 2017 9:18pm
Lena says...
I really wanted to have twins and I had the fertility treatment and I kept trying. Then I finally started listening to kids music and watching kids TV and it worked and I had twins! Now I wanna know how to have triplets...?
19th October 2013 10:08pm
Anakin says...
You have to have the fertility treatment for both parents and have the mom listen to kids music and watch kids TV. That will give you the chance to have twins and triplets. The more that she does those things i'm guessing that your most likely gonna have triplets. Hope I helped.
28th June 2014 4:08pm
Sim Fan 099 says...
Also, give dad fertility treatment too.
7th December 2020 9:23am
Styles says...
I recently downloaded my sims 3 game for my windows computer. I noticed that you can't edit a sim any more or delete any object you'd like. Is there a different way to fix this?!?
13th October 2013 9:38am
cheddar98 says...
You can do that with one of the expansions, but not with the base game.
6th July 2014 4:08pm
Ghost says...
I couldn't remember where I placed this, but I think this is the best page so...

(This worked for me)
Stop death in his tracks and bring your sim back to life!
1/First make sure to have your "testingcheatsenabled_true" on before you start your current game (or new one).
2/When your sim dies in some horribly unexpected way ruining your game completely, pause the game when death appears!
3/Hover your cursor over death and ctrl click, choose the option 'object' and then 'delete', TADAH death is gone. . . .now you're still left with your inanimate corpse.
4/Simply type in the cheat window 'resetsim_first name _last name' Make sure there are spaces in between the names.
BANG! Your sim should be back on their feet with no ill-effects whatsoever and all your game play intact!
23rd August 2015 12:57pm
Thomas says...
There is a way to get a ghost baby (100% chance) it's quite easy actually all you have to do is have a house with a male and female (of young adult or older) and have one of them make/buy two "Ghost Potions" then you throw one at the other person and one at you (or if for some reason it won't let you throw it you can always hand it to them and have them throw it on themselves) and then "Try For Baby" as many times as you can if the potion runs out make two more and do it again until it plays the music and tells you that she's pregnant.
16th November 2013 2:14am
LovelySimmer97 says...
Or you could just have two sims who're both ghost (must have supernatural).
2nd June 2014 12:48pm
Maisha says...
What's a ghost potion?????
23rd October 2015 5:30am
Playalot says...
It is a potion that can be made on the Chemistry/Science Table from the expansion pack Generations.

Guide to Chemistry table here:
30th May 2017 1:02am
Jordy says...
I think with the new patch 1.63 the family funds cheat, and the lifetime points cheat doesn't work now.. :/
8th November 2013 10:02pm
flyingclowns says...
no the family funds still works however I can't do the lifetime rewards for some reason :(
14th June 2014 3:36am
Shannon says...
Same with me the familyfunds and lp cheats dont work anymore since that update !
29th June 2014 10:23am
Renesmee says...
You now need to press ctrl and shift for the cheat to work
27th October 2015 4:36pm
Kyrie says...
I found that I had to enter the cheat code testingcheatsenabled true before entering the familyfunds (family name) (amount) would work. I hope this helps!
30th July 2017 11:00am
Thomas says...
As for cheating death there is another way other then the "Death Flower" method depending on the death and if your close enough if the sims is dying from old age have them throw down a "Ghost Potion" then they will turn normal but everyone will act like they are dead and their "Elder" status will reset to day 1 of "Elder" but if you use the Young Again potion (made on the Alchemy pedestal) followed by the "Age Freeze Potion" from the "Lifetime Awards" you can live as a "Young Adult" forever (without disabling sim aging)
Or as a level 10 witch cast Reanimation and then call cast "Sunlight Charm" on them call them up with your phone (get them to agree to join your household and then give them a Young Again potion.)
16th November 2013 3:02am
Destiny says...
I was playing The Sims 3 and I found this new cheat!Its a quick way to make friends.

Type in the usual: testingcheatsenabled true
Then go to your relationship tab
Pick the sim you want a better relationship with and click anywhere in the green bar under the sim's picture
This will set the relationship as wherever you clicked

Its kind of hard to explain, but you should try it out and if you have any questions then feel free to ask! :D And don't forget to pass it on so other simmers can learn this too!
3rd August 2014 8:49pm
Loki says...
That helps so much, thanks! ♡
27th July 2018 4:56am
Garfield says...
I already know that and you can also change your needs though so um...... that's all and also you can change your personality and interests I hope this will also help! (Type First "testingcheatsenabled true") (Yet I'm A Cat If You Don't Know Me)
27th November 2018 7:48pm
Garfield says...
LOL, There's difference in both of em' ok... you cannot change their skills and they don't have personality... But trust me changing the needs will WORK just drag em'.
28th November 2018 7:16pm
Garfield says...
AND HEY I HAVE TO WARN YA' OR NOT ONLY YOU ALL OF YOU! If you change your relationship to other sim they're relationship to you won' change! so it's better to use the "Make Me Friends" cheat in the mailbox (I think cause i'm still downloading The Sims 3 right now)
(You Genius Cat Will Help You!)
27th November 2018 7:59pm
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