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Hey guys --

Since a lot of people are having difficulty figuring out how to switch families in the game, I thought I'd put together a quick picture tutorial (if you can call it that) to explain how. Once you do it, it's really pretty intuitive and you shouldn't have anymore trouble.

Note: Switching active families has some negative effects. The family you deactive will lose 1) any wishes you promised them, 2) any opportunities you accepted but did not complete, and 3) many of the objects in their inventory (laptops and guitars don't seem to disappear. And cars and bikes, I think.) Furthermore, your family will be subject to Story Progression which means they may have babies, move in with random peeps (or vice versa), marry, or "move away". There are too ways to negate Story Progression: for PC users, this EA-sanctioned workaround, or Pescado's Awesomemod, which you can read about here. Pescado's mod also keeps inventories intact, but I can't remember if it keeps wishes and opportunities.

So when you load your game you'll wind up in your active household.

Select the the "..." button and then select "Edit Town".

Save your game.

This is Edit Town mode. Without deactivating your active household, here you can build, place lots, and place households in lots without playing them. However, if you want to actually switch households, hit the round toggle on the far left with the little houses on it.

Warnings of impending doomitude. @_@

Okay! Here we are, free as a bird. You have three options: Create a Sim (which shouldn't be necessary to explain), Choose Household, and Move in Household. If you want to select a household which is already placed in a house on the map, select Choose Household.

Then you just click on the toggle for the household you want and select household. By the way, if you want to return to the previous Edit Town menu at any time, just click on the arrow that says "back".

If you want to Move in a Household from the Sim Bin (for example, for a family you just created in CAS), select that button instead. Then select your family from the Sim Bin and find them a house (that they can afford, anyway ... has anyone been able to get familyFunds to work? It's in the strategy guide but it won't work for me).

That's it ... I hope this is helpful!


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
THANK YOU for this.
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
I just figured this out tonight, but thank you. I still wish that you could controll other sims in an easier matter than this.
Jun. 8th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
I'd pay good money for a quick-find for the Sims that are already out on the 'grid'. I have the worst time finding my families in this game. :(
Jun. 8th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!!
Jun. 8th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
wait... maybe I'm not quite understanding this, but is there still no way to play more than one household simultaneously without losing the wishes from your current active family and whatnot?
Jun. 8th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
Nope, the wishes you promise poof when you switch. The good news is, if they're related to your sims traits/lifetime wish, they'll likely pop right back up next time you play them.
Jun. 8th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was having trouble figuring out how to do this.

And no, I can't get FamilyFunds or Shazaam to work.
Jun. 8th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Damn, I had not tried Shazzam, and I was kind of excited about it. because how awesome of a cheat code is that?

I tried "Edit in CAS" yesterday and that also does not work. :/ However, I think Pescado's hack has an "editme" cheat or something similar in there.
Jun. 8th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Could you please unlock your post so people searching for help can find it? Thanks!

Also, this is a really nice tutorial, thanks for taking the time to post it.
Jun. 8th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Sorry, I didn't even realize it was locked. I forgot that having my own lj flocked means that all of my posts to communities are too. Ack.
Jun. 8th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you did this! I have been trying to explain to people that it is possible, just a little confusing and even scary at first. I was afraid I'd lose everything, but once I figured it out it wasn't so bad. I too wish it was a little easier, but eh. I've found that they will pretty quickly roll the same wishes they had before anyway, so losing those has been no big deal for me.
Jun. 8th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this. Do you know if switching active households causes Sims to lose rewards, too? I mean the ones like "steel bladder", etc.
Jun. 8th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm ... I actually don't know if that's true, but it might be. :/ Later today I'll try switching back to a family I deactivated that I know had at least one reward. I'm using Pescado's hack right now, however.
Jun. 8th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah this was a little difficult to figure out at first, my husband figured it out first and explained it to me. Now I just wish there was a way to just pick from a pull up list which household you could play, it's aggravating trying to find the house you want to play in a sea of 'em. A alphabetical pull up list would be So much nicer.
Jun. 9th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
I've gotten familyFunds to work by first turning on testingcheats. I haven't tried it from the Edit Town screen, but that's my next test.
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Another option would be to use the "freerealestate" cheat.

(Though I haven't tried that one myself.)
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
seriously, thank you so much for this!
Jun. 18th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much for this! I actually just asked this question because I totally missed this tutorial, wish I would've opened my eyes more. ♥ Seriously, this is so helpful!
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