How to completely uninstall Parallels on Mac

Looking for a way to uninstall Parallels Desktop with no hassle? You can remove it manually or use CleanMyMac X to delete Parallels and all of its leftovers. Today, we’ll show you both methods. Let’s get started!

What is Parallels?

Parallels Desktop for Mac is desktop virtualization software. Its sole purpose is to run Windows, Linux, or other operating systems on Mac computers, without rebooting. The app assimilates the guest's virtual machine into macOS, letting them work side-by-side.

If you no longer need an extra OS on your Mac or want to free up disk space, getting rid of Parallels Desktop is the way to go. Here are some problems you may face during the uninstallation:

  • You can't move the app to the Trash as it keeps running on the background.
  • You can’t remove its components from your computer.

Let’s see how to solve these issues and safely delete Parallels from your computer.

How to uninstall Parallels on a Mac manually

There are several steps to uninstalling Parallels Desktop. First, you need to shut down your virtual machine and quit the app. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Actions in the toolbar while running the virtual machine. Choose Shut Down.
  2. Click the Parallels icon in the top-left corner. Select Quit Parallels Desktop.
Quick tip

Some processes related to Parallels may still be running in the background mode. Use Activity Monitor to make sure that you terminate all of them:
Go to the Applications folder > Utilities. Launch Activity Monitor and look through the Process Name list to find processes with Parallels in their name. If you notice any, select them and click the Quit button in the upper-left corner of the Activity Monitor window.

Now, go the Applications folder, find Parallels and drag it to Trash. Empty it and reboot your Mac. 

That is how to uninstall Parallels Desktop due to its website. But it’s not enough as app’s leftovers still hide in the deep roots of your startup disk. To find and delete them:

  1. Head over to the Go menu in the menu bar.
  2. Choose Go to Folder.
  3. Paste each of the following folder’s pathnames into the text box, one at a time, and hit Go:

    /Library/Application Support
  4. Trash any items related to Parallels.

Be careful with the files you’re going to delete from the Library. Removing the wrong one can damage other apps or even the entire system.

You’ve now uninstalled Parallels from your Mac. Since it can be time-consuming, there is a much easier way —  delete it automatically with a dedicated tool.

How to completely uninstall Parallels on Mac with CleanMyMac X

The app I use for uninstalling apps and removing all associated files as well is CleanMyMac X. It’s easy to use and shows exactly all the apps I’ve ever installed on my MacBook.

Here’s how to use its Uninstaller tool:

  1. Download and launch CleanMyMac X — get it here for free.
  2. Go to Uninstaller in the sidebar.
  3. Uninstaller module in CleanMyMacX
  4. Check the box next to Parallels Desktop.
  5. Press the Uninstall button. That’s all!

To make sure that no cache or temporary files are left after you removed Parallels, consider using CleanMyMac X’s System Junk module. If you want to free up disk space, use it to delete tons of unnecessary files stored on your computer.

As you see, uninstalling Parallels is easy. The real trouble comes when you need to remove its leftovers. If you don’t want to navigate your Mac looking for those, you can try using CleanMyMac X to delete them. The Leftovers tab in the Uninstaller module will show you all the remaining files that take up some space.

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