Uninstall Parallels on a Mac

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
June 29, 2023
7 minutes to read

If you need to uninstall Parallels on Mac, you are on the right page. From this article, you will find step-by-step guides of two ways on how to remove Parallels from Mac entirely and safely. moving Parallels to Trash

You can completely uninstall Parallels desktop application manually or do this easily with just a few clicks using App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It’s up to you which way to use. Just make sure that you uninstall the virtual machine entirely.


  1. How to uninstall Parallels on Mac manually.
  2. The easiest way to completely uninstall Parallels on Mac.

Important notes and the methodology used to uninstall Parallels desktop for Mac

  • Before writing this guide, we checked the uninstalling Parallels desktop guide, saying to “simply move the application to Trash.” This is absolutely incorrect. To completely uninstall Parallels desktop application and any application from Mac, you also need to remove its temporary files.
  • Since we have been coding an uninstalling tool for Mac’s apps for many years, we regularly check apps for all service files and know what service files Parallels create and where it stores them.
  • We used Funter and App Cleaner & Uninstaller tools from Nektony to check a Mac for Parallels’ associated files. In this article, we also will explain how to find application service files manually.
  • If you have any questions related to this article, you can contact the Nektony support team.

What is Parallels, and why remove it?

Parallels Desktop is a utility that allows Mac users to run Windows-based applications on the macOS without rebooting Mac. It’s convenient when you want to use applications available only for the Windows platform. Also, it’s safe to use on Mac.
However, Parallels Desktop takes up much of the hard drive’s space. Also, it uses a considerable amount of RAM memory. When Parallels virtual machine runs, it divides the system’s resources between macOS and Windows systems. This means that your Mac might start working slowlier. Thus, you might need to uninstall Windows from your Mac. Keep reading to learn how to delete Windows from Mac correctly.

How to remove Parallels from Mac manually

Please, carefully follow each step from this guide to get rid of Parallels with all of its temporary files.

Steps on how to completely uninstall Parallels desktop:

  1. Quit Parallels. For this, go to the toolbar → click the Parallels icon → select Quit Parallels Desktop. Also, you can quit Parallels from the Dock panel. Parallels Desktop drop menu
  2. Go to the Applications folder and remove Parallels Desktop into the Trash. Applications folder showing Parallels Desktop
  3. Now you need to find Parallels Desktop’s temporary files. By default, applications store their remains in the hidden Library folder. To go to this folder, open Finder and press the Command+Shift+G shortcut. Type ~/Library and press Enter. Go to the Folder search field
  4. Check the following subfolders for Parallels Desktop’s associated files:

    • ~/Library/Application Support/
    • ~/Library/Caches/
    • ~/Library/Cookies/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State/
    Library folder showing Parallels service files
  5. Also, you can search for hidden files of Parallels using Funter. Funter is a free application from Nektony to find hidden files on Mac operating system. Just type the word “parallels” in its search field and press Enter. Funter will show the list of all files that contain the search word in their names. Select all files associated with the Parallels virtual machine and remove them. Funter window showing Parallels' files

With the help of Funter, you can see that some files might be stored in the deep debris of macOS, and it’s not so easy to find all of them. That’s why we recommend using App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which will automatically do this work for you and remove applications with all of their remaining files.

The easiest way to uninstall Parallels from Mac

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a professional tool to uninstall programs and manage extensions on macOS completely. Unlike the manual method of application removal, App Cleaner & Uninstaller finds all the leftovers of apps and allows you to quickly and efficiently get rid of them. All you need to do to uninstall programs is to select unneeded ones and click the Uninstall button.

Steps on how to remove Parallels using App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Quit Parallels Desktop. For this, click on its icon in the toolbar and select Quit Parallels Desktop.
  2. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller and wait until it finishes scanning your application.
  3. Select Parallels Desktop and click the Remove button.
  4. Confirm the uninstallation.
  5. By default, App Cleaner & Uninstaller removes all files to Trash. So empty the Trash and reboot your Mac. In this case, you can be sure that no leftovers of the virtual machine will remain on your disk.

App Cleaner & Uninstaller showing Parallels
If you have already removed Parallels into the Trash, with App Cleaner & Uninstaller, you can find its remaining files. We recommend removing all leftovers as they are just junk files and eat up valuable space on your hard drive.

How to find Parallels Desktop remaining files:

  1. In-App Cleaner & Uninstaller, go to the Remaining Files section.
  2. Select all unneeded leftovers.
  3. Click the Remove button and confirm the removal.

remaining files
As you can see, the recommended method of desktop removal from the Parallels’ website leaves leftover files on your Mac. Unfortunately, such useless service files may account for gigabytes of junk on your disk, and they may cause issues. If you want to keep your Mac clean, use App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which removes applications from your Mac both wholly and quickly.

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