How to Easily Uninstall Parallels Desktop from Your Mac
Simplifying the Uninstall Process
Uninstalling apps from a Mac is generally a breeze. Most of the time, all you have to do is drag the app’s icon to the Trash. But hold on! Some apps, like the handy Parallels Desktop (which lets you run Windows on your Mac), can be a bit more complex. These apps have extra files scattered around, and getting rid of them takes a bit more detective work. Let’s dive into how you can smoothly uninstall Parallels Desktop.
Step-by-Step Guide to Uninstall Parallels Desktop
- Check Your Mac’s Storage: First things first, let’s see how much space we have. Click the Apple menu and choose “About This Mac.” Then, hit “Storage.” For example, mine shows 3.17 GB available. We’re going to free up some more!
- Open Parallels Desktop: You can find Parallels Desktop in the Spotlight search or in your Mac Launchpad. Open it if it isn’t already.
- Shut Down Windows (If It’s Running): Parallels Desktop usually loads up Windows right away. If you see Windows running, let’s turn it off. Go to the top-right menu on your Mac, and look for the ‘Shutdown’ option. After that, find the option to open the Control Center from the same menu. You’ll see a window like this one (insert image description). Right-click on the gear icon and select ‘Remove.’
- Delete the Windows File: A prompt will ask you to confirm the deletion of the Windows file. Click “Move to Trash.”
- Empty the Trash: Head over to the Trash. You’ll find a large Windows ISO file, which could be around 18.84 GB. Let’s empty the trash.
- Enjoy Your New Free Space: Check your Mac’s storage again. You should now have significantly more space. For example, mine now reads 26.28 GB available.
What Next? Keep or Delete Parallels Desktop
If you want to keep Parallels Desktop without the Windows file, you’re all set! But if you decide to completely remove the software, go to your Applications folder and delete Parallels Desktop. You might need to restart your Mac afterward.
- Apple Support – How to check your Mac’s storage
- How to use Mac Launchpad
- Emptying your Trash on a Mac