Tails includes Tails Installer: a custom installer for USB sticks and SD cards.

Using Tails Installer allows you to later create a persistent volume in the free space left on the device.

Tails Installer can only install Tails on a USB stick or SD card of at least 4 GB.

Tails requires a dedicated USB stick or SD card. It is impossible to add another operating system or partition on the same device if you want to benefit from automatic upgrades or create a persistent encrypted volume.

For the moment, Tails Installer is only available from inside Tails. So you need to start Tails from a first media, and later clone it onto the device of your choice, USB stick or SD card.

  1. Get a first Tails running. To do so you can either:

  2. Choose Applications ▸ Tails ▸ Tails Installer to start Tails Installer.

  3. To install onto a new device, click on the Install by cloning button.

  4. Plug the device onto which you want to install Tails.

    A new device, which corresponds to the USB stick or SD card, appears in the Target Device drop-down list.

  5. Choose this new device from the Target Device drop-down list.

    • All the data on the installed device will be lost.
    • This operation does not securely delete the lost data on the installed device.
    • This operation does not copy the persistent volume of the device which is being cloned.

  6. To start the installation, click on the Install Tails button.

  7. Read the warning message in the pop-up window. Click on the Yes button to confirm.