How To Download Expansion Packs For Sims 3 Mac

But mainly, just click the game in Origin after you bought it and see if you can find the 'instal' button. Message 2 of 3 (7,874 Views) Reply. Re: Downloading expansion packs from origin. The pack content will now be available within The Sims 4. How to know if your pack is installed. Go to the The Sims 4 game tile. Right-click on The Sims 4 base game image and click Show Game Details. Click on the More menu to access the dropdown list of extra content. Click Expansion Packs, Game Packs, or Stuff Packs, depending on the pack you.

Find out how to redeem your game code, download and install The Sims 3, its expansions, stuff packs and worlds.

Redeem your code Download and install your game in Origin Install from disc Expansion packs and Stuff packs Worlds Having trouble?


  1. You don’t need to follow the steps below if you bought The Sims 3, your expansion(s), or your stuff pack(s) through Origin – anything you buy on Origin is automatically added to your account.
  2. You still need to visit to buy and download Worlds or to redeem any bonus codes you have.
    • When you do this, make sure you use the same account email you use for Origin so everything is added to the same account.

I bought a disc copy of The Sims 3, or a The Sims 3 expansion or stuff pack on disc

You’ll need to register these on The Sims 3 website, or redeem your codes for them in Origin.

The Sims 3 base game, Expansion Packs and Stuff Packs need to be redeemed on Origin. For any Worlds or additional downloadable items, use

  • If you already have an EA Account, click Login and log in to your account.
  • If you don’t already have an account, click Create an account and follow the instructions on-screen to register. When your account is created, log in to it.
  1. Click on My Page, then My Account.
  2. Click on Register a Game.
  3. Type your code into the box and click the Register button.
    • Your code should be 20 digits long, if it’s 16 digits, then it’s for bonus content and you need to redeem that in a different place:
      • Click on Store, then on My Store Account.
      • Click the + icon beside Redeem a code, then type your code into the boxes.
      • Check the box to agree to the Terms of Sale and Privacy Policy, and click Redeem.

How To Download Expansion Packs For Sims 3 Mac Download

If you’re having technical trouble and want to reinstall your game, make sure you back up your saves first!

Always install The Sims 3 base game before installing any expansions, stuff packs, worlds or store content.

PC and Mac

Anything you buy through Origin is added to your download queue.

If you need to reinstall something, or something you’ve bought does not download automatically, find it in the Origin client and click Download.

If you’re playing on PC, use The Sims 3 expansion and Stuff pack manager to choose which expansions and Stuff packs you play with.

If you want the latest version of The Sims 3, download and install Origin, and it will update your game for you. If you're playing on disc (not through Origin) your game won't update past version 1.67.

When you’re installing from game discs, you need to type in your game code to install your game.

Make sure you have it ready before you start the installation.


Put your game disc into your DVD drive and follow the instructions on-screen.

If the game installation doesn’t start automatically, double-click on your DVD drive in My Computer to start the installer.


Put your game disc into your drive, and follow the instructions on-screen. If installation doesn’t start right away, double-click on the drive to kick it off.

You do not need to install your expansions and Stuff Packs in any special order if you are installing them through Origin. Origin also keeps your game updated for you.

Don’t forget to activate the expansions you want to see in the game once they are installed. You can do this in The Sims 3 Launcher. Only the items marked active will show in game.

PC and Mac

If you’re installing from disc, we recommend installing expansions and stuff packs in the order they were released.

From oldest to newest:

  1. The Sims 3
  2. The Sims 3: World Adventures
  3. The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff
  4. The Sims 3: Ambitions
  5. The Sims 3: Fast Lane Stuff
  6. The Sims 3: Late Night
  7. The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff
  8. The Sims 3: Generations (May 31, 2011)
  9. The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff
  10. The Sims 3: Pets
  11. The Sims 3: Master Suite
  12. The Sims 3: Showtime
  13. The Sims 3: Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Stuff
  14. The Sims 3: Diesel Stuff
  15. The Sims 3: Supernatural
  16. The Sims 3: Seasons
  17. The Sims 3: 70's, 80's & 90's Stuff
  18. The Sims 3: University Life
  19. The Sims 3: Island Paradise
  20. The Sims 3: Movie Stuff
  21. The Sims 3: Into the Future

When you’re done, use the super-patcher to update your game to the latest version (Version number 1.67.62).

You should always launch The Sims 3 using the disc for the most recent game expansion or stuff pack you have installed, and you will need to use your disc every time you play.

Some Worlds are available to buy through Origin, on their own or as part of a bundle – others (including the free World, Riverview) are only available on

If you buy a World, or World Bundle, through Origin, we email you a code to redeem on

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click on Store, then on My Store Account.
  3. Click the + icon beside Redeem a code, then type your code into the boxes.
  4. Check the box to agree to the Terms of Sale and Privacy Policy, and click Redeem.

Once you’ve done that, The Sims 3 launcher will start up and install your world.

If it doesn’t start automatically, you can download your World from your Purchase History page on

You can also find any worlds you bought previously from on that same page.

When you click on a World in your Purchase History to download it, you may get a pop-up message asking permission to open a URL:

Click on Open URL:Sims3 Protocol.

The Sims 3 launcher will start up and install your world.

Once it’s finished installing, open the game and you’re all set to start a new household in your new world.

If you’re having trouble installing or launching your game, the first thing to check is that your system meets the minimum requirements for The Sims 3.

If you have installed any expansion packs, check the requirements for them in Origin as they need some extra computing power.

Here’s how:

  1. Find the game tile for your expansion pack in the Store on or in the Origin client.
  2. Click on it to open the game details.
  3. Click on System Requirements to see the minimum requirements for both PC and Mac.

Still need help? Check out these articles:

  • Get more help downloading and installing Store content on Answers HQ.
  • Troubleshoot The Sims 3 on Mac or on PC

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EA has released an introductory article on the new Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Pack Manager. In the blog below you can familiarize yourself with the new launcher system available to players who download the latest Sims 3 update available later today.

How to get The Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Pack Manager for Windows PC

The Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Pack Manager is included as part of the latest The Sims 3 game update, only for Windows PCs. To download the game update you will need to register your The Sims 3 game and packs on Origin using an EA Account and accept the updated End User License Agreements. This update is not available for Mac.

Registering your The Sims 3 games on Origin

You can register your disc copies of The Sims 3, Expansion Packs, and Stuff Packs on Origin by following these steps:

  • Log into the Origin client using your EA Account.
    (If you do not have an EA Account or need to install the Origin client, please visit
  • From the main menu, select “Origin” then “Redeem Product Code”.
  • On the next window, enter your CD/Installation Code from your manual in the Product Code box, then click “Next”.

Downloading the latest The Sims 3 game update on Origin

After you have registered The Sims 3 and yyour packs on Origin, download the latest game update which includes the new The Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Pack Manager. Log into Origin and update The Sims 3 by navigating to “My Games” then right clicking on The Sims 3 tile and choosing the “Update” option.

If you have “Automatically keep my games up to date” enabled in Origin Application Settings, the update will download automatically the next time you launch Origin.

In either case, before completing the installation, you will be presented with End User License Agreements which you must accept to install the update. After accepting the End User License Agreements, Origin will update your The Sims 3 game to the latest version.

Troubleshooting The Sims™ 3 game update

If you have any problems installing The Sims 3 game update, uninstall The Sims 3 and reinstall via Origin. Origin will provide you with the latest version of The Sims 3 with no additional updates required.

If you continue to experience issues, search for a solution here at EA Help using the search box on the top right of this page or click on Contact Us to contact support.

Choosing Which Packs to Play

The Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Pack Manager lets you choose which Expansion and Stuff Packs to play with.

Before making your selection, install all of the Expansion and Stuff Packs you own. Only packs that you have installed will display in the Pack Selector. Once all of your packs are installed, locate the ones you want to play with, then check the checkbox next to the pack. Once you finish making your selections, press the Play button to launch The Sims 3 with the desired Expansion and Stuff Packs selected.

How To Download Expansion Packs For Sims 3 Mac

When choosing which packs to play with, we recommend selecting only a couple at a time. This will ensure you have the best game experience.

To help manage the packs, you can click the column headers to sort by:

  • Status – Sorts by enabled and disabled.
  • Title – Sorts alphabetically by title.

Installing and Uninstalling Packs

Visit Origin to install, uninstall, or purchase additional packs. All The Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Packs can be found under The Sims 3 tile by selecting the Game Details option.

Backing Up Save Game Files

Making changes to the packs you play with may also affect your game save file. Specifically, if in The Sims 3 Expansion and Stuff Pack Manager you deselect packs that you have been playing with and load a game save that uses those packs, the game will replace the unloaded content with default items or remove them altogether. If you wish to keep a backup copy of the game save file for future use, locate the file in your computer’s directory and save a copy to your desktop.

The Sims 3 game save files can be found here:

Windows XP, 7, 8, and 10 – C:UsersUsernameDocumentsElectronic ArtsThe Sims 3Saves

Windows Vista – C:Documents and SettingsUsernameMy DocumentsElectronic ArtsThe Sims 3Saves