Install macOS Monterey 12 virtual machine on a Mac with Apple M1 chips

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In collaboration with Apple, Parallels engineers created the world's first prototype of a macOS Monterey virtual machine (VM) running on a Mac with Apple M1 chips. With Parallels Desktop 17 for Mac, you can now download and install a macOS VM on Apple M1 chips just with a few clicks. 

Note: Parallels Desktop doesn't support the creation of a macOS Monterey 12 virtual machine from the .app installation image on Mac computers with Apple M1 chips.


To install a macOS Monterey 12 virtual machine on a Mac with Apple M1 chips, the computer must have macOS Monterey 12 beta 3 or newer installed as the main macOS.


To install the VM, start Parallels Desktop 17 and follow the steps below:

1. Click the Parallels Desktop icon on the top menubar (||) > Control Center.

2. Click + on the top right corner > Continue > scroll to the right under Free Systems > select Download macOS 12.

3. Click Download and proceed with the installation.

Known issues and limitations

To run a macOS Monterey VM on Mac computers with Apple M1 chips, Parallels Desktop 17 uses new technology introduced in macOS Monterey, that's why it is not possible to run earlier versions of macOS on a Mac with Apple M1 chips.

Productivity and integration features are not available to this VM yet. It is not possible to suspend and resume the VM, shared folders and snapshots are not supported for now. Apart from that it is currently not possible to adjust guest macOS screen resolution in real-time mode when resizing ratio; to change virtual machine amount of CPU and RAM or its hardware parameters (Device UUID and Serial number) and to register with Apple ID. USB and camera sharing are also missing in macOS Monterey VM running on a Mac with Apple M1 chips so far.

Parallels Engineering Team is researching ways to expand the list of supported features in future product updates. Shared Clipboard has already been added. To enable this feature make sure Parallels Tools are installed and up-to-date.

To reinstall Parallels Tools click the Actions tab in the top menu bar and select Install Parallels Tools. Then enter your guest Monterey user password when prompted and wait until Parallels tools are reinstalled, and the virtual machine is rebooted.

Note: On Mac computers with Intel processors macOS Monterey 12 VM is featured with a full list of enhanced integration similar to what other Intel-based macOS virtual machines have.

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