“I was messing around with a bunch of mods and mod menus in single player, uninstalled them and then went into online, I got banned almost immediately and I don’t know why? Can somebody tell me how to mod GTA 5 100% Safe From Getting Ban?”
Till now, there was no official conclusion about getting ban because use Mod in GTA 5 Offline. Based on everything R* has informed, you only get ban when use Mod in online mode. What if you can’t remove all the “footprint” of mod before go online? What if the mod surprisingly launched into online mode? You can reference the 3 following ways below. Each way has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you can rely on your own ability to select one of them.
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Grand Theft Auto V – How to Completely separate Story Mode from Online
#1 Remove the “key” files
Key files is dinput8.dll (GTA 5 ASI Loader). These file help the game read the mods. If there’s no key file, mods can’t work. After remove key files, restart the game before turn it to GTA 5 Online Mode.
You can read more about What is GTA 5 ASI Loader
#2 Complicated but More Effective
Use the “mods” folder feature in OpenIV (for RPF mod) and Mod manager (use for other mods).
“Mods” Folder OpenIV
1 – Download and install OpenIV. Configure it to work with your copy of GTAV.
2 – Navigate to ASI Manager using menu “Tools” >>> “ASI Manager” or “ASI Manager” button on tool bar.
Through ASI Manager, you can install, update or remove ASI Loader and OpenIV ASI plugins.
Install ASI Loader and OpenIV.ASI
Open your GTA V folder in File Explorer; you can do it fast in OpenIV
In root of your GTA V folder create new folder and name if “mods” (lower case)
Now you have to copy RPF archives into “mods” folder. For example, if you want to modify “Grand Theft Auto V\update\update.rpf” you need to copy it like “Grand Theft Auto V\mods\update\update.rpf”.
The following table is explain how you need to copy archives to mods folder. The path to RPF archive in “mods” folder must be the same as in real GTA Vfolder, here is some examples:
From this point if you want to install mod or edit some file you need to do it in archive from “mods” folder.
#3 2 folders – one for mod, one for GTA 5 Online
Divide the game folder into 2 file, 1 for playing online and 1 to mod. Only use this way when your computer has enough free space.
“If you are just adding a graphics mod, it only takes a few min. No big deal here. But every time the game up-dates, I have to spend around 3-4 hours re-adding cars. It’s the cars that take time”
I understand your problems. Yes, it’s a waste of time when waiting for all the car mod to reinstall. With this method, you can install the mod 100% safe without getting ban. However, this method is only for computer that have much more space.
First of all, you have to search GTA V on steam. This main file folder can be found in the steamapps/common where all other Steam game files are (that are on steam anyway). Find the folder named “Grand Theft Auto V” (Search via windows if needed). When you find Main GTA V folder (also refered to as GTA V directory or main GTA V directory), right click and select “copy” from the menu, then go back to the desktop and “paste” it there. This step will place an entire copying of your game to the desktop. (This will take a little time because you are going to copy up to 65+ gigs).
You now have 2 copies of GTA V. One to mod (single player only or SP) and one to use for multiplayer (MP). Just swap them in/out of your steamapps/comon folder to switch between these 2 mod.
Steam will ONLY start the game file (or main GTA V directory) that you have placed in your steamapps/common folder. The copy you have on your desktop will NOT. Steam will NOT see it, too. So depending on what mod you want to play, modded single player or unmodded multiplayer, simply place that copy of your game in the steamapps/common folder and start via Steam. Easy, right? Now you know how to switch between playing MP and modded SP with NO fear of making a single mistake or getting banned. (when draging your GTAV directory between your steamapps/common folder and your desktop, make sure you do not overwrite one with the other. Your PC will ask you before taking action, so you can change the name of the GTA V directory to prevent one overwriting the other. However, with the one you want to play MUST BE IN YOUR STEAMAPPS/COMMONFOLDER AND ITS NAME MUST BE: “Grand Theft Auto V” (no quotations of course)
OK, now that you have 2 copies. Let’s get modding now!
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How the GTA 5 bans work?
First Offence (Attempted Game Manipulation) – You are banned from Grand Theft Auto Online for 10 days. You run the risk of being placed in the Cheater Pool or be restricted based on matchmaking or player communication (text chat or mic).
Second Offence (Stat Violation and Third-Party Modding Tools) – You are banned from Grand Theft Auto Online for one month. Any unspent cash will be removed and a standard amount of $20k will be applied to your bank balance. Other stats may be corrected based on automated analysis.
Third Offence (Consistent Violation of EULA and Coc/Over-Ban Limit) – You are permanently banned from Grand Theft Auto Online with no right of appeal. If your account has more than 3 unique infringement types, your access to Story Mode will be revoked (game crashing on boot) and you will have to play ‘Offline Mode’ in order to access it.
You modding on your own responsibility!