Once you decide to uninstall Parallels on Mac, you might be faced with several unexpected issues. Most believe that just like with other applications, you can easily remove this app from your Mac, but it turns out to be the other way around.

Parallels Desktop for Mac is a widely-used virtualization software that allows Mac users with Intel processors to run Windows, Linux or other virtual machines. Sadly, there are some issues that you will face if you decide to uninstall Parallels on Mac:

  • The application continues to run on the background or could not be closed.
  • The application cannot be moved to the Trash because it is currently in use.
  • The components of the application cannot be completely removed from your Mac.

If you no longer use the application or you simply want to free up disk space, you should take a close look at methods on how to uninstall Parallels on Mac safely.


Article GuideWhat Is Parallels Desktop for Mac?How to Uninstall Parallels with iMyMac Mac CleanerHow to Uninstall Parallels on Mac ManuallyIt's A Wrap

What Is Parallels Desktop for Mac?

The Parallels Desktop for Mac is simply a desktop virtualization software that enables Microsoft Windows, Linux operating systems as well as applications to operate smoothly on Mac. The software assimilates the guest operating system (OS) into the Mac OS, letting it simulate the native OS operation.

The users of this application can choose whether to operate Mac and guest applications side by side on the Mac OS or as a stand-alone guest virtual desktop. As an example, users can open a Windows-based application such as Windows Media Player or Internet Explorer from the Mac Finder utility.

In the same manner, you can drag and drop folders, documents and other components from the Windows File Explorer to Finder or the other way around. You can also switch between Windows and Mac OS without rebooting the computer and choose which operating system they want with specific apps to use.

For Mac, there are 3 modes to choose from:

  • Coherence mode. With this mode, it runs guest and Mac apps side by side in a single window.
  • Full Screen. With this mode, it creates a full guest desktop.
  • If this mode is chosen, it allows users to resize and customize the virtual machine windows running on top of the Mac OS.
    Parallels Desktop On Mac

How to Uninstall Parallels with iMyMac Mac Cleaner

iMyMac Mac Cleaner is a highly efficient tool that cleans and optimizes your device. If you want to effectively clean out applications and their associated files, you need this tool. It only requires a few clicks to free space on your hard drive, optimize the system and ensure better privacy.

Since you want to uninstall Parallels on Mac, this is a hassle-free solution to remove the application from your device. As an all-inclusive and powerful software, Mac Cleaner provides Mac users with all the essential tools.

Let us focus on your main task which is to uninstall Parallels on Mac. With this task, we will take a close look at the Uninstaller. This tool can help you remove Parallels Desktop completely along with its associated files from your device.

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Simply follow these steps to remove the application properly:

· Step 1. Open the Uninstaller Tool

Open the iMyMac Mac Cleaner. In the main interface, you will see the general system status of your Mac. On the left side of the interface, you can find the Uninstaller. Click on the Uninstaller.

iMyMac Mac Uninstaller

· Step 2. Perform A Scan

After opening the Uninstaller interface, click on the “Scan” knob to start the scanning process. After scanning, you will see the storage space utilized by the applications installed on your Mac. If necessary, click on “Re-scan” in case you want to double-check the information of the target application on your device.

Perform A Scan

· Step 3. Overview of the Installed Applications

Click on the “View” button and proceed to the page of Parallels Desktop. All the apps that are currently installed on your device are listed in the left column.

· Step 4. Look for the Parallels Desktop

Browse through the list of applications until you find Parallels Desktop or simply key in the name in the search bar. Click on Parallels Desktop and the files or folders under the app will expand on the right screen.

Look for the Parallels Desktop

· Step 5. Clean out the Application

Look for folders or files that you want to clean under the Parallels Desktop application. Simply select the option “Select All” to clean up all the files under the app. Double-check that all the files that you want to remove are selected. Click on the “Clean” button at the right bottom side to finish this step. Click “Confirm” to uninstall Parallels on Mac and wait for the process to finish.

Clean out the Application

How to Uninstall Parallels on Mac Manually

Removing the Parallels Desktop application

If you are going to uninstall Parallels on Mac manually, there are specific steps that you should carefully follow.

  • Step 1. Close Parallels. Click on the toolbar > click on the Parallels icon > click on “Quit Parallels Desktop”. Another option to close the application is to use the Activity Monitor to ensure that you have closed all the processes associated with Parallels.
  • Step 2. Go to the Applications folder and move Parallels to the Trash.
  • Step 3. Empty the Trash and reboot your device.

These steps are officially recommended by the Parallels website. If you are still having doubts if there are any leftover files, you must take a closer look. Generally, applications store their remains in the “hidden Library folder”. When it comes to Parallels, its support files are stored in its personal package. You can find these if you click on “Show Package Contents of the Parallels” before the deletion.

Removing leftover files of Parallels Desktop

Most of the applications on Mac are bundled software that you can easily remove with the manual approach. Nevertheless, some create components such as cache, preference and support files in different system directories during the initial setup and daily use.

If you want to completely uninstall Parallels on Mac, it is important to delete all associated components that are scattered around the system. You should follow these steps to clear up any leftover files:

Uninstall Parallels Desktop

  • Step 1. Open Finder > Click the “Go” from the Menu Bar > Select “Go to Folder”
  • Step 2. Key in the path of the top level Library on the hard disk “/Library” > hit the Enter key.
  • Step 3. Look for folders or files that contain the name of the target application or the vendor in the following location and delete the matched items:
  • /Library
  • /Library/Caches
  • /Library/Preferences
  • /Library/Application Support
  • /Library/LaunchAgents
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/
  • /Library/PreferencePanes
  • /Library/StartupItems

You should be careful with the items you are going to delete. Remember that deleting the wrong items from the Library can damage or impair other applications or even the system.

Since it can be time-consuming to go through each folder and search for any leftovers, you can utilize the “Search” in Finder to look for any associated files.

  • Open the user library within the home folder: ~/Library.
  • Enter the targeted application or its vendor in the Search Box > click on the Library.
  • Check for any matched elements > right click and select “Move to Trash” option.

In case there are still some files that you cannot identify or locate, simply perform a web search on the application components. For advanced users, the Terminal (found in /Utility folder) can be used to list the contents of the target directory and delete them.

Once all the associated items are moved to the Trash, empty the Trash. Remember that this action is irreversible and everything inside the Trash will be deleted.

  • Right-click on the Trash icon in the dock
  • Choose the “Empty Trash” option and click OK in the pop-up dialog.
  • An alternative is to clear out the Trash by choosing the “Empty Trash” in the Finder.

If you cannot clear out the Trash, simply reboot your device and try it again. Once your device reboots, you have removed Parallels Desktop from your Mac.

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iMyMac Mac Cleaner is a must-have app that can easily and effortlessly uninstall Parallels on Mac. Whether you want to free space on your Mac or no longer using the application, this removal method is guaranteed to completely uninstall the app along with any of its associated components from your device.

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