Fallout – way to populate settlements without befriending them


I've been doing a playthrough where I'm not doing the Minutemen quests or doing anything with settlements. However, I would like to see the settlements built up as if I was doing those quests and managing the settlements, since they are a cool part of the world.

Is there a way for me to get populated settlements without doing Preston's quests or doing any settlement management?

Best Answer

No, there is no way to populate a settlement without meeting the requirements for the settlers to come.