2 Ways to Completely Uninstall Parallels Desktop on Mac

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Sarahi Johns
Last updated: Feb 28, 2023

Summary: In this blog, you'll learn how to uninstall Parallels Desktop on Mac manually and automatically. The automatic way is more recommended. Just make sure you have the tool mentioned in it installed on your Mac.

Although Parallels Desktop allows you to run Windows on your Mac, it can take up a lot of storage space. If you don't have much storage space available, your Mac may run slowly. Want to know how to uninstall it from your Mac safely and completely? Keep reading, and you will find 2 ways.

2 Ways to Completely Uninstall Parallels Desktop on Mac

What Is Parallels Desktop?

Parallels Desktop is a virtual machine software that allows you to run Windows on Intel Mac and M1 Mac without restarting. It has more than 30 one-click tools that can make every task on Mac and Windows simple and easy.

Nevertheless, it has some drawbacks that make you want to uninstall it, such as taking up a lot of space, paying to use, lack of support for games and multimedia, and unable to start. If you want to uninstall it, please continue reading this blog to learn how to remove it from your Mac manually and automatically.

How to Uninstall Parallels Desktop on Mac Manually

  1. Click the Parallels icon in the tools bar and choose Quit Parallels Desktop.

    Quit Parallels Desktop on Mac
  2. Open Finder, select Applications, and find Parallels Desktop.

  3. Right-click on its icon and move it to Trash.

    Uninstall Parallels Desktop on Mac with Finder
  4. Find and delete Parallels-related files in the following folders.

    • ~/Library
    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Cookies
    • ~/Library/Preferences
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State
    • ~/Library/Containers
    • ~/Library/Group Containers
    • ~/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter
    • ~/Library/WebKit
    • /Library
    • /Library/Preferences
    • /Users/Shared
    • /private/var/db
    • /private/var
  5. Empty your Trash.

How to Uninstall Parallels Desktop on Mac Quickly

You may notice that manually uninstalling Parallels Desktop is tedious and unfriendly for new users. Therefore, we introduce you to a convenient tool - BuhoCleaner. You can use it to delete the Parallels Desktop application and its related files, such as logs, cache, preferences, and support files, in a matter of seconds.

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Here's what you need to do:

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.

  2. Click the App Uninstall in the sidebar and you will find all the apps installed onyour Mac.

  3. In the results list, locate Parallels Desktop, check the box next to it and click the Remove button.

    Uninstall Parallels Desktop with BuhoCleaner

Bonus Tip: How to Remove Parallels Virtual Machine from Mac

Please note that using the above two methods does not remove the virtual machine. If you think you will no longer use Parallels Desktop and want to delete all the files and applications that you used in it, follow the steps below to delete the virtual machine from your Mac.

  1. Open Finder and click the search icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Type in: .pvm and choose Kind: Parallels virtual machine in the drop-down menu.
  3. Move the .pvm file to Trash and empty your Trash.
Delete Parallels Virtual Machine on Mac
You can also use Spotlight search to quickly locate Parallels virtual machines.


Now you know how to uninstall Parallels Desktop from your Mac both manually and automatically. If you don't want to spend too much time dealing with the uninstallation of Parallels Desktop, we strongly recommend that you use BuhoCleaner to do it for you. Try it for freenow.

Sarahi Johns

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