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Sims 4 Time vs Real Time: What Are the Differences?

Sims 4 Time vs Real Time

Time flows differently in The Sims 4. As you already noticed, time passes really fast in the game. If you’re curious to learn more about the time mechanics in Sims 4, we’ll answer all your questions in this guide.

How does time work in The Sims 4?

The Sims 4 uses a 1-second-1-minute time system. This means that 1 Sim minute is equal to 1 second in the real world. Then 1 Sim hour is equal to 1 minute in real world. By extension, this means that 1 Sim day (24 Sim hours) is equal to 24 minutes in the real world.

A typical Sim year lasts 22 Sim days on average. Season-wise, Winter and Spring are both 5 days each. Summer and Fall get 6 days each.

There are two time formats you can use in the game: the 12 hour clock or the 24 hour clock. And there are three time speed settings you can choose from: Normal, Fast and Ultra. If you don’t have a lot of free time to spend playing the game, you can set the game on Fast or Ultra and watch the events in your Sims’ lives unfold with lightning speed. You also have the Pause button which allows you to stop the clock.

Time passes in the same manner in all the Sims 4 worlds. It doesn’t matter which household you play, the clock keeps ticking anyway.

How do you know what time it is in Sims 4? To check what time it is in The Sims 4, check the in-game hour and day information available at the bottom of the screen.

check date and time in sims 4

How to speed up time in Sims 4

To speed up time in The Sims 4, use the MCCC, go to Settings, click Gameplay Settings, select Game Time Speed and manually edit the time values. By default, the value is set to 25. Less than that make the days go faster. Pick a greater value to make the days go slower.

sims 4 time settings

When you speed time up, all the game sound effects will also increase in speed and pitch. That includes music and images on TV screens. If you don’t like the fast-forward sounds, you can disable the sound effects in the game settings.

How to slow down time on Sims 4

To slow time down in The Sims 4, install the MC Command Center, click on  Settings, select Gameplay Settings, select Game Time Speed enter a greater value. For example, if you want to slow down time four times compared to the current settings, delete the default value which is 25 and replace it with 100.

  • Can you rewind time in Sims 4?

No, it’s not possible to rewind time in The Sims 4. You can speed up or slow down time, but you can’t rewind it.

  • How long is a full day in Sims 4?

One second in the real world is equal to one minute in The Sims 4. A full day in The Sims 4 is equal to 24 minutes in the real world.

  • How long is a year in Sims 4?

In the real world, the equivalent of one Sim day is 24 minutes. A year in The Sims 4 is equal to six days and 19 minutes in the real world.

However, time seem to shorten for children and teens. Each have about two weeks which means that one week would be around three years and two days is one year.


  • When you launch a new household in a new save file, the first day is of the week is Sunday and the time starts at 8:00 AM.
  • Supernatural Sims like vampires are not affected by the passage of time. They remain forever young.

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