Friday, September 12, 2014

Tutorial: Using the Sims 4 Gallery

I have been getting a lot of questions about the Sims 4 Gallery.  For those of you familiar with The Sims 3, the new Gallery takes the place of the Exchange but also gives us additional features.  Finding your way around the Gallery is easy once you know what to look for.

First things first!  The only way to get to the Gallery is In-Game. 

From the Manage Worlds map view, click on the symbol in the upper right corner:

From an active lot, same symbol in the same place:

When the Gallery opens, the default screen is Maxis Favorites, which is similar to the old "showcase" function. 

This seems to be the source of many searches coming up empty.  Many people cant find a particular lot or Sim they are looking for and it is because they are searching under Maxis and not All. 

 So if you cant find what you are looking for, the very first thing you will want to do is click the All button.

If you are looking to see if a friend or favorite creator has made something new, check the Following option.  

To get items to appear here you will need to click follow on another simmer's page:

Follow is a fantastic feature as it allows you to keep track of what your friends are adding to the Gallery and keeps that awesome new Sim by your favorite creator from slipping though your fingers.

Finding the most Recent additions

If you want to look for a lot that was recently added to the Gallery, make sure All and Recent are clicked.  This should bring up everything that has been added to the Gallery.  

You can specify Households (Sims), Lots, and Rooms and further refine your search by clicking the Advanced Search options.  This is extremely handy for when you are looking for a very specific thing.  For lots, it will allow you to search by size, price, and lot type. For rooms, you can pinpoint the type of room, the size, and the price.  The advanced search can save a lot of time and frustration when you have something specific in mind, so be sure to use it!

Other ways to Search:

To make sure you are getting the widest search, first make sure you have clicked on All before using any of these options:

Searching by Item Name: This will bring up any item that has the word or words you enter in the title.    After that, you can refine your search by whatever criteria you desire.

It doesn't have to be the exact name of the Sim, lot, or room as long as that word is in the title.

Searching by Origin ID: To find a specific person in the Gallery, you can search by Origin ID.  Start typing in the person's doesn't have to be exact.  As you type, a drop down will open up and list anything that contains the letters you have typed.  If you see the name of the person you are looking for, click on it and it will display everything that player has added to the Gallery under the search criteria you have specified.

It is worth mentioning here that if you search under an Origin ID and that person has not shared anything in the Gallery, there will be no result found even though they do have a profile page.  Origin ID search is to find an object shared by a specific person, not to find the person themselves.

Searching by Hash tag:  If the creator has added hash tags to the item description, this search can be very handy!  It allows you to search by style, theme, or other key words that might not appear in the item's title.  When you add hash tags to one of your own items, try to think of how someone might look for what you have created and use those words. Looking for a new villain to cause trouble in your neighborhood?  Just search under #villain and see what pops up!

Your Profile Page

When you click on your name, or another player's name in the Gallery, you will be taken to the Profile Page. This page gives you an over view of the player and highlights things in their library as well as their own favorites. Here you can click on Follow if you would like to keep track of what they are adding to the Gallery.  To see everything that they have shared to the Gallery, you need to hit the View Catalog button in the upper right corner.

If you would like to disable comments on your profile page, it appears your Origin account must be set to "no one can see my profile"  Go to Origin, Account and Privacy, and then Privacy settings.

Adding Your New Find to Your Game: found exactly what you were looking now what?  It depends on whether you are in Map view ( Manage Worlds) or in a lot.

Adding from Manage Worlds:

To add a Household:  Click on the download symbol in the lower right hand of the item and you will get the option to bring the household into your neighborhood.  

From there, you can merge them with an existing household ( if there is enough room) or you can place them in a fresh lot.

To add a Lot: Clicking on the download symbol for a lot will give you the option to bring it into the neighborhood.

Blue ringed locations mean the lot can be placed there.  A yellow ring is to warn you that the lot is already occupied and that household does not currently have the funds for the swap.  The white ringed lots mean that particular lot doesn't fit the size or is not of they right type for that location.

To add a Room: You cannot add a room from Map view.  To add a room you must do it from a lot.

Adding While in a Lot:

To add a Household: If you add a Sim while in an occupied, you will be asked to merge the Sim with that household.

 So if you don't want to merge the households, you will need to go out into the Map view via "Manage Worlds" and pick up the Sim that way. 

To add a Lot:  if you download a lot while already in an unoccupied lot, it will bring the lot into Build Mode and ask you if you would like it furnished or unfurnished.

If your Sims don't have enough funds for the house, you will not be able to swap it out.  Motherlode time!  

To add a Room, it must be done from Build Mode on a lot.  It will bring the room into the lot, so make sure you have a place for it.  

If Sims are not on the lot, budget will be a factor, so unless you are planning on using the room at that time, it is best to collect rooms you like from an empty lot. 
Once you bring the room into the lot, you can go to Save to My Library and save it for use later.

Hopefully this helps make navigating the Gallery a little easier.  

If you find that you cannot locate something in the Gallery, first check the main tab at the top.  Are you on Community?  This will give the widest search.  Next, check and make sure you are on All and proceed from there.  Have fun browsing all of the cool and interesting things other players have created and don't forget to share your own creations with the community!


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  2. Thanks for your research and review . . . I appreciate all your efforts. ☺

  3. I have a massive prob, when I do that up to step 3 it goes wrong, it only says 'My Library' it doesn't say anything at the top and I cant get into 'Gallery' it doesn't even say 'Gallery' anywhere :'(

    1. Tiana, do you see a tab that says "community"? That is the Gallery. If you are not on line at the time, when you click it, the game will ask if you want to go on line for that feature...but you should be able to see the community tab. Let me know.

    2. I don't see "Community" anywhere. How do you go online?

    3. Could you show me a picture of what you are seeing? You are not seeing anything that looks like the third picture?

    4. How do you send a picture? Well idk if u can. Basically with the orange part it's green, and where it says 'community' it says 'my gallery' and where your logged in it doesn't say anything.

    5. Do I need a facebook account? Or something? Please respond

    6. Sounds like you might have a bug or something is wrong with your game. You might want to check in the Sims 4 bug thread here:

    7. ya same thing happening to me

    8. I feel my reply might be late, but I was reading up on the issue in forums, and apparently this is caused by your origin accounts birthdate. If you are not registered as an adult, there will be no online options in game. Hope this helps!

    9. To Unknown with the reply of "I feel my reply might be late, but I was reading up on the issue in forums, and apparently this is caused by your origin accounts birthdate. If you are not registered as an adult, there will be no online options in game. Hope this helps!" I looked at a website and figured out the steps to edit my Origin account. Though I [tried to] follow all the steps, it had no option for me to edit my account! I don't know what to do! :(

  4. Idk how to upload families and lots to the gallery

  5. Hi Ruthless_KK! I really enjoy your tutorials and have found them extremely helpful and always enlightening in some way. I'm bringing this issue to your attention because I think there's a good chance you will be familiar with the it. When I save a room/lot some items are constantly missing (regular content and cc). It also occurs when I download/place from the gallery even when I know that I've added any cc to my game prior to download/placement. Can you help me with this? Or, if this is not the thread to place this question can you at least direct me to the correct place? Thanks!

  6. Hi Diva! The answer is that certain things just dont transfer....plants, collectibles,and many reward type items will not transfer. I guess they wanted to make it more challenging to earn those Some career rewards will transfer but they cannot be duplicated until your own sim unlocks that reward.

  7. i've also got a problem, the sims i download all appear bald and without clothes in my library.. they've got hair that wasn't origionally in the game but that's the point i'm downloading them.. what can i do?

    1. It's because it's custom content that is not in the game and has to be downloaded. You can download from awesome sites like and also they're free and easy to download. if you have trouble figuring it out just YouTube "how to install cc for sims 4" :)

  8. "Not in right gamemode" gallery glitch. That appears when i try and get a lot. Any help?

  9. Is there any way to make a particular aim or family more popular on the gallery? I have a couple of sims that have been downloaded a few times but I'd like to make them more popular! (:

  10. how do you login to the gallery on the Sims when you click the library button?

    1. I would like to know that too. I have no idea and no one knows anything about it.

    2. Go onto 'Game options,' click 'Other' and make sure there is a tick next to Online Feature Access

  11. Well, how do I use custom poses that I've installed?

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I build lots for people to use in the Sims. I have created hundreds of lots that have been downloaded by people all over the world. My work has been featured on the official Sims 3 site, several Sims 3 fan sites and in Game Informer magazine.
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