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Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac activation

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac can be activated permanently in the following ways:

  • Immediately after the application is installed and the key is registered.

  • After it has been activated with a trial key.

  • After it was reinstalled on a new or on the same Mac.

To activate Parallels Desktop 12 with a commercial key, you need to connect your Mac to the Internet. If your Mac is not connected to the Internet, you will not be able to activate Parallels Desktop.

Immediate activation

Once you have completed registration of your Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac key, Parallels Desktop will prompt you to activate the application.

  • Enter your activation key (dashes will be added automatically).


  • Once you enter the key, it will be validated.

    If the key is not valid, it will be marked with a red cross. Check to see if you entered the key correctly.

    If the key is valid, it will be marked with a check. If the key has been successfully validated, click Activate. If your Mac is connected to the Internet, Parallels Desktop 12 will be activated.


Activation after using a trial version

If you activated a trial version of Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac, you can reactivate it with a commercial license at any time by doing the following:

  • Launch Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac.

  • Click on Parallels Desktop from the application menu bar on top of the screen, select Account & License from the drop-down menu.


    You may click on your Control Center window to see the menu. You will not have it while your cursor is in a virtual machine.

  • If the trial period hasn't expired yet, click on Enter a key.

  • Enter the license for Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac you purchased and click Activate.

Activation after reinstallation

If you reinstalled Parallels Desktop 12 on the same Mac or installed the application on a new one, you can avoid entering your activation key manually.

If you log in to the Parallels account which contains an activation key for Parallels Desktop 12, you will have an option to use the key from your account.

After the registration step you will see the activation window which will contain the list of licenses registered under your account. Select the license you would like to use for activation and click Activate at the bottom right corner of the screen. Or simply double-click on the license you'd like to use.

You will see the confirmation that your copy was successfully activated.

Activating with an upgrade key

If you purchased an upgrade key for Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac and need instructions for activation see KB123866.

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