Known issues with macOS 10.15 Catalina and Parallels Desktop for Mac

69 users found this article helpful


Parallels Engineering team is testing Parallels Desktop for Mac and other products against macOS 10.15 Catalina Developer Beta to ensure full support of macOS Catalina 10.15 as soon as it is released.

Here is the list of known issues we are working on with the available workaround that we have tested in our lab.

Subscribe to this article by clicking 'Get Updates' above to receive updates on the issues.

Known issues

Issue Workaround
macOS Catalina as a host operating system
Parallels Desktop installation hangs on macOS Catalina installation Force quit installation, start Parallels Desktop from the Applications folder.
Note: If Parallels Desktop asks to allow System Extensions, then reboot macOS after you have allowed Parallels extensions in System Preferences.
Unable to start Parallels services error message Reboot macOS and start Parallels Desktop again.
Shared Profile functionality doesn't work in virtual machines No workaround yet.
USB devices don't work in virtual machines No workaround yet.
Low resolution icons in the virtual machine's devices bar No workaround yet.
macOS Catalina as a virtual machine
Upgrade process to macOS Catalina in a virtual machine hangs Reset virtual machine using Actions > Reset menu.
Parallels Tools Installation Agent window remains on the screen after reaching 100%
In fact, Parallels Tools are installed successfully. Restart the virtual machine to get rid of this window.
Cannot move applications windows around the Desktop in the macOS Catalina virtual machine Go to virtual machine configuration Hardware > Mouse & Keyboard, then switch Mouse option to Optimize for games.
Note: To change mouse pointer speed use System Preferences > Mouse inside the virtual machine.

Was this article helpful?

Tell us how we can improve it.