How do I get free Sims 4 Expansion Packs from Origin?

Sims 4 Expansion pack
Pack it in: this 2016 Holiday Pack was free

EA, the distributors of The Sims 4, provide Expansion Packs to add new features to the game. These are normally themed and can be of various sizes and prices. But can you get any of these for free and, if so, where from?

To learn more about the different packs that are available, please see our ranking of the best Sims 4 Expansion Packs.

How do I buy Expansion Packs?

  • For PC and Mac, you can buy directly from the Origin or Steam apps
  • Xbox and PlayStation owners can purchase from their platform stores
  • For all platforms you can also buy vouchers for individual Packs or Kits, which can be redeemed at any of the above online stores. Popular places to buy these vouchers include Amazon and CDKeys

Can I get any free Sims 4 Expansion Packs?

EA has only made one of its Expansion Packs available for free – The Sims 4 Holiday Celebration Pack – which you can still download at the time of writing.

Back in 2016, several new features were added to The Sims 4 to celebrate its 16th anniversary. However, it did that by upgrading the core game and adding those directly – no packs required. So it appears that if EA is going to add free content to the game, it will normally do so with a game update, not an Expansion Pack.

The best way of getting free content is to look at custom content and mods. The linked article explains the difference between the two and provides links to sources of free Sims 4 content.

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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