The Sims Freeplay- Pausing a Sims Life

Once you have completed the Life Dreams and Legacies Quest your sims will age automatically, if you don’t want them to age you can pause their life using orbs, this post explains how this works.

UPDATE: reversing your sims age when they reach the end of that live stage is currently FREE so you don’t have to pause them if you don’t want to!

To pause a sims age you will need an orb, all orbs can pause a sims life but they stay paused for different periods of time:

  • Bronze- 3 days
  • Silver- 7 days
  • Gold- 16 days
  • Platinum- paused forever (it is definitely worth getting a platinum orb to do this for your favourite sims)


How do I get orbs? To earn orbs you need to give your sims personalities and complete their life dreams, once you have completed a life dream for each stage of their life they will leave an orb behind when they die as a senior.

This orb can then be used to build places on the mysterious island, passed onto another sim to upgrade the orb or can be used to pause a sim

My Guide to Life Dreams and Orbs explains this in more detail

How do I make a platinum orb? You need to complete the life dreams of 4 sims to get a platinum orb:

  • Sim 1: Choose personality and life dream, once complete they will get a bronze orb, when they pass on this orb is left behind, you can then store it and give to the next sim
  • Sim 2: Choose personality and select the bronze orb so they can complete their life dreams to upgrade it to a silver, again it is left behind when they pass.
  • Sim 3: Can then upgrade the silver to a gold orb
  • Sim 4: Can then upgrade the gold to a platinum orb

Now you have your platinum orb you can pause a sim at the life stage they are currently at:

pausing means that no matter how many actions they complete they will not age

1.To pause the sim you need to go to the age controller menu (on a small device you will find it on one of the tabs on the simtracker and on a larger device it is in the same menu as the careers and hobby information) find the sim you want to pause and click on the second button that has two lines on it (the pause button):


2.A life orb allocation pop up will appear, here you can see all the orbs you have stored or are working towards right now, select the orb you want to use, then click the green tick. It shows you where it says age pause how long you will be pausing your sim for.

  • Bronze- 3 days
  • Silver- 7 days
  • Gold- 16 days
  • Platinum- paused forever

You could use a combination so using both a bronze and silver orb will pause your sim for 10 days but if you are using a platinum you won’t use up any other orbs:


NOTE: when you use an orb you are spending it so you will need to make more orbs to pause other sims

3.It will ask you to confirm you want to pause ageing on that sim, click yes if you do:


Your sim’s life stage is now paused forever!


You can resume ageing if you want to but you will lose the orb that you worked so hard to earn so I wouldn’t recommend it. To resume go back to the age controller and click on the infinite symbol (where the pause symbol was) to open the life orb allocation tab and select resume ageing:

All orbs can only be used once so if you pause a sim for 3 days with a bronze orb you will have spent that orb and won’t be able to use it again to pause another sim

Pausing and Resuming Ageing:

Is there another way to pause a sim?

The other way is to have them not do anything (just standing around) because they will only age when they are completing actions but this isn’t the best way, if you tried to do this with all your sims you wouldn’t progress with the game.

Or reversing your sims age when they reach the end of that live stage is currently FREE so you don’t have to pause them if you don’t want to:

How does it work? To reverse their age all you need to do is wait until their time is up and the birthday cake appears above their head. Click on the birthday cake and the growing older pop up will appear, just click NO if you do not want them to age. It will then ask you if you are sure you want to reset them to the beginning of that life stage, click yes if you do. Once you click yes the circle around their face on the simtracker will be empty ready for them to start ageing again!


Most of my sims are going to die before I get the chance to pause the ones I want, how can I do this?

I would suggest using your orbs to build all the places first, so either reverse them back to the beginning of their current life stage for free as explained above or you can just remake your favourite sims and build up your town again once you have some platinum orbs!

TIP: if you are trying to get a platinum orb I would suggest completing sporty, geeky or entertainer life dreams- not animal fanatic, without a send to work life dream it takes far longer than the others.

Life Dreams List: Geeky Sporty EntertainerAnimal Fanatic

Still confused about Life Dreams? Read my Life Dreams Frequently Asked Questions Post here