How to Install Mods for Fallout 4: A Step-by-Step Guide

Once you’ve edited the Fallout4Custom.ini file according to the previous page, it’s time to start using mods. Here are three detailed methods for installing them:

  • Nexus Mod Manager
  • Installing mods directly in the game
  • Manual installation

Nexus Mod Manager

  1. Go to the Nexus Mods website and create a free account. Download the Nexus Mod Manager tool and install it.
  2. Start the program, and it will scan your discs to find the games it supports. Confirm the paths of game files if they’re correct.

The Nexus Mod Manager’s interface is clear and usually detects all the games you have installed on your computer.

  1. Go to the Nexus Mods Fallout 4 website and download the mod you’re interested in. You can use the DOWNLOAD WITH MANAGER button, and Nexus Mod Manager will automatically turn on and download the mod (remember to log in to both the website and the program).
  2. You can also choose the manual download option, but you’ll have to indicate the mod’s location manually in Nexus Mod Manager using the green plus icon.
  3. Go to the Mods tab and the appropriate category, then locate the downloaded mod and double-click (LMB) to initiate installation.

  1. After completing all the steps, the mod is active.

Installing Mods Directly in the Game

  1. In Fallout 4’s main menu, go to MODS.
  2. Find a mod you’re interested in and proceed to its details.
  3. Press the Download button.
  4. After completing the steps, the mod is active.

Manual Installation

The last method is the most difficult and dangerous. Improper installation increases the risk of a mod not working or not working properly. It’s highly recommended to use one of the methods above. If you have a reason to install mods manually, follow these instructions.

To install a mod for Fallout 4, first locate the game’s Data folder on your computer, which is typically found in C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\Common\Fallout 4\Data. Then, download and extract the mod’s archive, which will contain either .esp or .esm files, and move them into the Data folder. Next, open the Fallout 4 launcher without starting the game, which will load the list of mods and add them to the plugin list. To check this list, navigate to C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Fallout4 and open the plugins.txt file with a text editor. If your mods are not on the list, add them manually. Finally, verify that your mod is working properly by checking if its name is on the list. Note that some mods may require a more complex installation process, so be sure to follow the author’s instructions in those cases.


How do I install mods for Fallout 4?

Installing modifications for Fallout 4 is a fairly simple process. First, you need to download the mod you want to use from a reputable website, such as Nexus Mods or Bethesda.net. Once you have downloaded the mod, extract the files to a temporary location on your computer. Then, navigate to the Fallout 4 game directory, which is typically located in the Steam folder under Program Files. Find the “Data” folder and open it. Inside the “Data” folder, create a new folder called “Mods”. Finally, move the extracted files from the temporary location into the “Mods” folder.

Do I need to use a mod manager to install mods?

While it is not strictly necessary to use a mod manager, it is highly recommended. A mod manager makes it easier to install, uninstall, and manage multiple mods at once. One popular mod manager for Fallout 4 is the Nexus Mod Manager. This software allows you to easily browse and download mods from the Nexus Mods website, as well as install and manage them with just a few clicks. Another option is the Fallout 4 Mod Manager, which is available on Bethesda.net. Regardless of which mod manager you choose, be sure to read the instructions carefully to ensure that you are using it correctly.

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