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How to connect USB device directly to virtual machine?

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  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition

Question

How do I connect my USB or any other external device directly to my virtual machine?

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Answer

Connect your device directly to the virtual machine by following these steps:

  1. Start your virtual machine.
  2. In the menu bar click on Devices > External Devices > USB or another device. If you reopen same menu, a tick should be shown next to this device's name.
  3. Your device is now connected directly to the virtual machine and is no longer visible on Mac.

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This type of connection allows you to enable your virtual machine to use all the functionalities of your device.

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