We can change everything about our Sims, from how they look to what they do for a living.
But tell me, how cool would it be to be able to make shorties and tallies in The Sims 4?
How cool! We’re lucky that there are now mods that let us change the height of our Sims.
This opens up a lot of fun possibilities! Read on to find out more about the different height slider mods for Sims 4!
- How to Change Your Sim’s Height?
How to Change Your Sim’s Height?
Height slider mods do what they say on the tin: they let you use sliders in CAS to change the height of your sims.
It’s a subtle way to make each sim feel different, and it will help you make people in the game who are shorter or taller than average look more like they do in real life.
The sims community wants different heights so much that you can often find body presets with changed heights and pose mods that change sim heights as part of the poses.
Even though height slider mods are very popular, there aren’t that many that you can download.
With each of the following mods, you can change how tall your Sims are. If you find one you like, be sure to save it so you can find it again when the Sims 4 is updated.
Height Slider And Shorter Teens Mod By SimmyTheSim [DEPRECIATED]
This mod is very proud of being the first height slider for The Sims 4, and Simmy figured it out less than a year after the game came out.
The mod has two versions, one with just the height slider and the other with auto-shorter teens, like the one we talked about in our recent article about teen mods. It works by letting you change the size of your sim’s feet in CAS.
This was mapped to change their height instead, and it was a big hit. Even though the mod has been marked as “deprecated,” Simmy started working on an updated version in 2016.
Since then, it seems like they have moved back to working mostly on the Sims 3.
Height Slider By Godjul1
This version of SimmyTheSims’ height slider mod fixes some broken animations and gives you a few more options for how high or low you can make your sims.
You can also change their height by dragging their feet in CAS. There are different opinions in the thread about whether or not this mod still works.
I tested it with patch 184.108.40.2060(PC)/220.127.116.110(Mac), and it seems to work fine! Here is where you can find the mod options.
Height Slider Collection By Redhead Sims
Redhead Sims made a bunch of height slider mods for sims of all ages. The controls for teens and older sims are on the back leg, while the controls for younger sims are on the head.
These sliders came out in 2018, and people have different things to say about them. However, when I tested them, they worked as they should.
Here are the links to all of the sliders on their blog.
Height Slider By Luumia
As a very active member of the Sims 4 modding community, Luumia has a height slider mod that might be the only one that is still being updated. The last update was just a few months ago, when this article was written.
Even though this version is also based on SimmyTheSim’s original mod, it has been changed a lot, and the sim’s height can be changed by moving the neck.
This lets you keep the ability to change how your Sims’ feet look, since the effect isn’t overridden like it is in other mods.
As you change the Sim’s height, the head, hands, midsection, and feet stay in proportion to the size of the body. This keeps things looking real.
Luumia also has a set of body presets that you can use instead of the slider mod. These presets come in short, medium short, medium tall, and tall heights.
They’re a good choice for players who don’t want to give up the sliders in vanilla, are scared of changing heights by hand, or just want a simple click-and-go height option. On their Patreon page, you can find both the slider and body presets.
Edited Body Height Presets For Kids And Toddlers By Redhead Sims
Redhead Sims also made some height presets for younger sims based on Luumia’s presets for teens and up for players who prefer to change the height of their sims with presets instead of height slider mods.
The kids version has 4 preset heights and a rig version for posemakers. The toddlers version has 4 preset heights, matching posemaker rigs, and several other optional sliders for editing other parts of a toddler’s face and body.
Visual Glitches That Can Be Caused By Height Slider Mods
If you use height slider mods, the game may have visual bugs, and it’s not uncommon to see any of the following:
- Because the animations in The Sims 4 are all programmed based on standard body heights, it is normal for animations to look different between sims, especially between sims with very different heights. For example, when my sim Sasha hugged her friend, the friend’s arms clipped into Sasha’s shoulder because the friend was taller. Things like this are just for looks and don’t change how the game is played.
- When a sim of extreme height interacts with things in the world, animation glitches can happen, such as the sim clipping into or through things, their hands not actually holding things, which instead float above or below, etc. Again, this doesn’t change how the game is played; it’s just funny-looking. The easiest way to stop this from happening is to keep your height changes close to the standard height, or to play around with your sim’s height until you find something that works.
- Even though it’s not clear why, a height slider can sometimes make one of your sim’s limbs go away. It seems random and hard to predict, and even though it’s just a glitch, it can be a little scary if you don’t know it can happen. There doesn’t seem to be a one-size-fits-all solution, since I’ve seen suggestions like going into CAS to reset it, changing the sim to normal height and then back to the desired height, deleting cache files, going to other lots, or changing clothes. You run the risk of this happening when you play around with height slider mods, but it doesn’t seem to happen when you use presets instead of sliders.
Even though there are many ways to give the impression of different heights through things like poses, height slider mods are the best way to change the way you play.
Sure, they have their quirks, but aren’t those quirks what made us love Sims in the first place?
Have fun with your tiny and tall ‘toons!