Ding & Ditch

Smart Doorbell

About Ding & Ditch Smart Doorbell

This mod is Base Game Compatible. Enhanced with Parenthood and Eco Lifestyle.

Say hello to the Ding & Ditch Smart Doorbell for The Sims 4. This doorbell adds a modern realistic touch to your home in 8 different colors. With 3 Detection Modes and Visual Ring, you’ll never miss a visitor or a delivery.

The original EA door knock interaction is still available however the doorbell is simply more desirable. You may want to keep up with maintenance otherwise friends may receive an unexpected shock, but once it totally breaks, Sims will revert to knocking.

A huge shout out to thepancake1 for creating new teen/adult animations.

Special Thanks

I can’t thank these people enough, they’ve not only helped this mod come to fruition but truly helped me grow as a creator, as a person, and kept me sane through dark times:

RVSN, thepancake1, Frankk, MizoreYukii, PandaSama, Turbodriver

and honestly anyone else I’ve met in the Creator Musings Discord and Twitter. Thank you so much. <3

Translation Addons

These localizations are available through the translator’s website. Please download and support them by clicking on the language below.

Included Translations

🇨🇳 Chinese (Traditional) by TangY

🇩🇪 German by ChippedSim

🇲🇽 Spanish by Simlish4 Team

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Color Swatches

The Smart Doorbell is offered in Jet Black, Stark White, Sixam Grey, Granite Falls Green, Sulani Sand, Gnome’s Gold, Vlad’s Silver, and Henford Rose.

While in Live mode, you can change the color of the button light to White, Blue, or Green through the Settings category.

Visual Ring

Visual Ring offers an alternative alert designed for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Simmers. Once enabled, any number of lamps in your home can be enabled to flash a red color three times whenever the doorbell button is pressed.

Enable Visual Ring with the Doorbell’s Settings, then enable each lamp through their Universal Access category.

Detection Modes
  • Ring Only: Receive notifications when someone rings your doorbell.
  • Motion: Receive notifications when motion is detected.
  • Face ID: Receive intelligent notifications with a Sim’s name and photo when they are identified.
  • Off: No notifications are received, however ringtones and Visual Ring will still operate if enabled.
  • Custom Ringtones: In addition to the classic doorbell sound from The Sims 3, 5 additional ringtones from the game are available once a Sim completes this upgrade.
  • Plum MX Blue Button Switch: With a few parts your Sim can nearly double the number of presses the button can withstand.
  • Plathium Button: With 1 collected Plathium element, your Sim can fortify their doorbell to last a lifetime without breaking again. Plathium can be found in three metals, death metal, plathinum, and ironyum. It can also be found in four crystals, diamond, fire opal, citrine, and jet. Once you’ve found a metal/crystal, send it to the Geo-Council through the mail to get your elements back.
Other Features

Off The Grid

If you’re living off the grid, or can’t quite afford your power bills then fret no more. The Smart Doorbell now includes batteries! Within the Upgrade menu you can now find a Change Batteries interaction that will allow your doorbell to work without electricity for up to a week. Batteries cost 12 Simoleons, or you can also purchase them for 6 Recycle Bits if you have Eco Lifestyle

Batteries will last about a week and will keep their charge longer while power is available, or if the doorbell is turned off.

A Few More Tricks

If Sims are sleeping, there is a 50% chance they will be woken up. Vampires are immune to mere mortal technology.

Sims with the Technophobe Lifestyle (Snowy Escape Required) will prefer knocking on the door. So make sure you have motion detection on to catch them too!

With Parenthood, kids of all ages can Make Funny Faces or Wave at Camera for special moments, like coming home from school and saying hello to Mom or Dad at work.

Pull the prank of legends and Ding Dong Ditch (Base Game Compatible), or Ding Dong Ditch with Gag Bag (Parenthood Required). Your Level 2 Mischief Sims can leave a smelly gag gift on the porch, ring the bell, and DITCH! With Cats & Dogs, the bag may contain poop, otherwise a horrendous fruit cake. Light it on fire for the ultimate legendary move. You may also find some of your mischievous neighbors running amok, especially on Spooky Day. 

You can also assign the Ding Dong Ditch Holiday Tradition to any other holiday for extra tricks throughout the year.

Release Notes

v2.3.2 (July 26, 2022)

  • Updated to be compatible with 1.90.358 (High School Years Patch)
  • Temporarily removed original Ding Dong Ditch Whim to prevent an error until I learn about Wants & Fears

v2.3.1 (March 8, 2022)

  • Fixed an issue where sims would autonomously replace the Doorbell’s batteries.

v2.3.0 (December 21, 2021)

  • Fixed a major issue causing power to stay turned off when going delinquent then paying bills.
  • Butlers should no longer ring the doorbell when switching between roles.
  • Fixed an issue where active Sims were getting an NPC cooldown buff preventing them ringing the doorbell again immediately.
  • Fixed an issue where Visual Ring was not being triggered by children.
  • The Ring Doorbell interaction should now always appear on the front page.
  • Notifications will now stay visible until dismissed.

v2.2.0 (November 24, 2021)

  • Improvement: The Fuel Cell upgrade has been replaced with “Change Batteries”, a new Base Game compatible feature that will allow any player to use the Smart Doorbell Off-the-Grid, no upgrade required!You can find the “Change Batteries” interaction within the Upgrade menu for 12 Simoleons, or if you have Eco Lifestyle you can also purchase for 6 Recycle Bits.Batteries will last about a week and will keep their charge longer while power is available, or if the doorbell is turned off.
  • Fix: There was an issue where the fuel cell being empty would turn the doorbell off when loading a lot. The new improvement above should resolve this issue.
  • Fix: Fixed missing strings and added translations from the previous update.

v2.1.1 (November 22, 2021)

  • Fix: Motion Detection and Face ID will now properly notify you when NPCs are detected. Previously only showed notifications if the Sim was in your household.
  • Fix: Motion Detection and Face ID will no longer send notifications when the doorbell is turned off.
  • Fix: Fixed an issue where children couldn’t ring their home doorbell. (issue introduced in 2.0)
  • Fix: Plum MX Switch upgrade will now show the correct name and be greyed out when completed like the other upgrades.
  • Fix: Tested and made a few fixes for the Fuel Cell upgrades (Eco Lifestyle). The doorbell will now properly shut off when out of juice.
  • Fix: Disabled snow accumulation that was turning the whole object white.

v2.1 (November 20, 2021)

  • New: If the doorbell rings while Sims are asleep there is a 50/50 chance they will be woken up. Vampires are unaffected by our mortal technology.
  • New: You can now change the color of the light surrounding the doorbell button to: White, Green, or Blue in the new Set Light Color category within Settings.
  • Improvement: The doorbell button reflection has also been updated so the light is visible at more angles.
  • New: Sims with the Technophobe Lifestyle (Snowy Escape only) will prefer knocking on the door. You may want to be sure your Motion Detection settings are on so you don’t miss them!
  • Improvement: The notification when pressing the doorbell button can now be toggled separately from Motion Detection in the main Settings category. (You may need to update your Detection Mode the next time you load your household.)
  • Fix: Your Sims will now be properly invited into neighbors’ homes when ringing their doorbell (Ding Dong Ditching Excluded)
  • Fix: Improved code to satisfy Situation requirements for Welcome Wagons. Sims should no longer get stuck in the Pre Welcome Wagon state.
  • Fix: Visual Ring interactions have been fixed so they only show on lights on your lot, and only when Visual Ring is enabled on a doorbell.
  • Fix: Shadow model now reflects the final doorbell shape.

v2 (November 14, 2021)

  • Scratch made animations for teens/adults created by thepancake1. Sims should now press the button no matter where you place your doorbell!
  • Improved code that lets the doorbell satisfy the original door knocking requirements in specific situations, like Service NPCs. They should now properly leave in case they ever got stuck at your door constantly ringing the bell.
  • Added a Whim for Ding Dong Ditching.
  • Fixed an autonomy issue when the fruitcake was generated in the gag bag.
  • Fixed an issue where Visual Ring would flash even when turned off in the doorbell settings.
  • Visual Ring lamp settings will now be saved to the dat file immediately.
  • Increased Motion Detection frequency. Cool down is 15 sim minutes.

v1 (November 1, 2021)