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If you have installed Parallels on your Mac and no longer need it or you just need to free up more disk space, you might like our guide on how to uninstall Parallels on a Mac safely. We will share two ways of removal: the manual, long way and the easy, quick way using a special uninstaller. It’s up to you which one to use.


  1. Remove Parallels manually.
  2. Remove Parallels using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

How to remove Parallels from a Mac manually

Here are the steps to follow to uninstall Parallels desktop.

  1. First, quit Parallels. Go to the toolbar → click the Parallels icon → select Quit Parallels Desktop.Quit Parallels Desktop command in drop-down menu of toolbar
  2. Also, you can close Parallels using Activity Monitor, in order to be sure that you shut down all the processes related to Parallels.

    Activity Monitor showing Parallels Desktop in Memory section

  3. Then go to the Applications folder and remove Parallels to Trash.
  4. Move to Trash popup menu command is selected for Parallels app in Finder

  5. Empty Trash and reboot your Mac.
  6. The above-mentioned steps are officially recommended by the Parallels website. But we decided to check whether the virtual machine left remains on a Mac. Usually, apps store their remains in the hidden Library folder. In the case with Parallels, its support files are stored in its personal package. You can see them if, before the deletion, you click on Show Package Contents of the Parallels.

    Show Package Contens context menu command is selected for Parallels

    Parallels Contents folder in Finder window That’s why you will not find Parallels’ cache files in the Library’s subfolders. However, when we were searching for hidden files of Parallels using Funter, we found some leftovers in deep roots of Library.

    Search results for Parallels in Funter window

Funter is a free application to show, find and operate hidden files on a Mac. You can download it using this link.

Thus, to uninstall the virtual machine completely, we recommend using the second method listed in our removal guide.

How to remove the virtual machine from a Mac using App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a professional tool to completely uninstall programs and manage extensions on macOS. Unlike the manual way of apps removal, App Cleaner & Uninstaller finds all the leftovers of apps and allows you to get rid of them quickly and efficiently. All you need to do to uninstall programs is to scan your Applications folder, select unneeded apps, and click the Uninstall button. Also, always remember first to quit apps which you want to uninstall.
Here is the complete removal guide with more details.

  1. Download App Cleaner & Uninstaller and launch it, and wait for the application’s scan to finish. App Cleaner & Uninstaller Overview window
  2. Select Parallels from the left section. Parallels app selected for complete removal in App Cleaner & Uninstaller window
  3. Then click the Remove button and confirm the removal. Confirmation window to uninstall Parallels with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller removes all files to Trash, so you’ll want to be sure to 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.

If you have removed Parallels manually before, you can check for their debris. For this, switch to the Remaining Files section. App Cleaner & Uninstaller finds and shows all the service files of previously-removed apps. If you have such files, we recommend that you remove them as they are just junk that eats up useless space on your hard drive.

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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 to gigabytes of junk on your disk and moreover, they may cause issues. If you want to keep your Mac clean, use App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which removes applications from your Mac both quickly and completely.

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