If you start Tails from a USB stick, you can create a Persistent Storage in the free space left on the USB stick. The files and settings stored in the Persistent Storage are saved encrypted and remain available across different working sessions.

You can use this Persistent Storage to store, for example:

  • Personal files
  • Some settings
  • Additional software
  • Encryption keys

The Persistent Storage is an encrypted partition protected by a passphrase on the USB stick.

After you create a Persistent Storage, you can choose to unlock it or not each time you start Tails.

Using the Persistent Storage can have security implications in a system like Tails, which is designed to provide anonymity and leave no trace. Read our warnings about the Persistent Storage.

How to use the Persistent Storage