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How to Record Sims 4 Gameplay

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Jan 11, 22, updated Feb 29, 24

If you are into simulation-based games, you must be a fan of Sims 4. It is a social simulation game and the game focuses on character creation and house building. You get emotions and personality traits of character which are relatable and based on real-life. If you want to upload your gameplay of Sims 4, you should learn how to record Sims 4 gameplay on PC.

There are various ways by which you can record your gameplay on Sims 4. Sims 4 comes with an inbuilt game recorder which is what amateur gamers use. However, for the best recording output and editing works, we recommend you use Wondershare Filmora. Alternatively, you can use OBS for free through which you can live stream your gameplay as well as record and upload after editing. You can even use Windows Game Bar if you are playing on Windows PC. In this article, we will illustrate how to record Sims 4 gameplay for YouTube.

Way 1. Record Sims 4 with the Built-in Recorder

The easiest way to record Sims 4 gameplay is by using Sims 4 built-in recorder. However, you cannot record your gameplay continuously for hours. In fact, the recorder is designed to video few important moments in your gameplay. You can use hotkeys to record seamlessly. You can switch between different views easily and you can create a movie timeline in simple steps. Here are the steps on how to record Sims 4 gameplay for free.

Step 1: Open Sims 4 game and go to Screen Recording option from Game Option or Video Capture.

Step 2: Choose the correct video quality as well as audio source. You can also disable audio if you want.

Step 3: You have to enter into built-in camera mode by pressing Tab key. Once you select a camera, you can use W/A/S/D keys to move the camera in different directions.

Step 4: Use 5/6/7/8/9 to memorize the desired scene and press V key to start recording your gameplay.

Step 5: Once you are done, press V key again.

Way 2. Record Sims 4 with Filmora Screen Recorder

If you want to record your Sims 4 gameplay for hours, Sims 4 recorder is not suitable as you can record only for a few minutes. Besides, if you want to upload your recorded gameplay on YouTube, Twitch, and various such platforms, you need to record high-quality video and edit the recorded video like a professional, we recommend screen recording software - Filmora. You can record Sims 4 gameplay as well as your webcam with audio if you want. Here are the steps on how to record Sims 4 gameplay for YouTube.

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Step 1: Start by downloading and installing Filmora. Launch Filmora and click on New Project option.

launch filmora

Step 2: Go to Record menu and click on Record PC Screen option.

wondershare screen recorder settings

Step 3: Select the recording screen size for recording Sims 4.

sims4 recording area filmora

Step 4: Click on the Record button and you will get a few seconds to prepare your screen.

recording sims 4 with filmora

Step 5: Press F9 on your keyboard to stop recording.

Way 3. Use Bandicam to Record Sims 4

Bandicam is a popular gameplay recording software and it is quite renowned in the gaming community. Even though it is a premium software, you have to pay one-time fee to get access to all advanced features. The software does not make the gameplay lag when it is recording in the background. You can capture Sims 4 gameplay at 4k resolution as well as 480 fps if available on your screen. Here are the steps on how to record Sims 4 gameplay on PC.

Step 1: Download and install Bandicam. Launch Bandicam and go to General and Videos tab and get the configurations perfect.

run bandicam

Step 2: Go to Home tab and click on Game recording option.

customize sims4 recording area bandicam

Step 3: Click on Rec button on the top bar to record Sims 4 gameplay.

recording sims4 with bandicam

Step 4: If you want to stop recording, click on Stop button.

Way 4. Use OBS to Record Sims 4

Open Broadcaster Software is extremely popular among gamers who use the platform to live stream their gameplay. However, you can use OBS to record your gameplay and the same is applicable to recording Sims 4. The software is available for free and there are advance settings and configurations available to record any gameplay. Here are the steps on how to record Sims 4 gameplay for free.

Step 1: Launch OBS on your computer. From Sources tab, click on “+” button and click on Game Capture option.

Step 2: Enter a label and click on OK button.

Step 3: From Mode drop-down list, select Capture Any Fullscreen Application option.

record sims4 with obs

Step 4: Click on OK button and open Sims 4 on full screen. On OBS, you will see Sims 4 gameplay on the window.

Step 5: Click on Start Recording button on OBS and go back to Sims 4 and start playing and the recording will be there in the background.

Way 5. Use Windows Game Bar to Record Sims 4

If you do not want to install any external software to record Sims 4 but you are looking for a better alternative to Sims 4 built-in recorder, Windows Game Bar is a great option. Windows Game Bar comes pre-installed on Windows 10 and you can capture any gameplay and take screenshots as required. Here are the steps on how to record Sims 4 gameplay for free.

Step 1: Press Windows + G keys together to open Windows Game Bar.

winodws 10 game bar capture

Step 2: Open Sims 4 game and to start recording, press Windows + Alt + R keys together to start recording.

Step 3: To stop recording, press Windows + Alt + R again.

Step 4: Go to Wigets > Gallery to check out the recorded video.


If you are an avid player of Sims 4, you should record your gameplay and upload on online platforms such as YouTube. If your gameplay is interesting, you can get traction from online viewers. We have stated all the possible ways on how to record Sims 4 gameplay on PC. We recommend Wondershare Filmora as it is a professional tool to record gameplay as well as edit as per requirements.

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