All information in this chapter is related to using the Electrum wallet on Tails. Using it on other operating systems may vary.
You are lucky as a Bitcoin wallet is preinstalled on Tails: Electrum. Electrum does not download the blockchain, so there is no waiting time when starting. At this point we do also want to mention the official Electrum documentation at docs.electrum.org and the documentation for Electrum on Tails at tails.boum.org.
As a prerequisite please make sure you have setup your persistent storage on Tails, as your wallet can not be saved otherwise. Have a look at the official Tails documentation at tails.boum.org.
Starting Electrum and setting up your first wallet is pretty easy, so have a look at the next steps.
Setup your Electrum Bitcoin wallet (1-5)
Setup your Electrum Bitcoin wallet (6-11)
Receiving coins with your wallet is pretty easy. Please verify that you have written down the wallet seed during the wallet creation. Otherwise you will not be able to recover your wallet in case you loose the wallet file.
Receiving Bitcoin with your wallet
If you have coins in your wallet and the balance is unlocked you are ready to spend them.
Paying an order from your wallet
Please make sure your have understood the way Bitcoin works and are sure that your coins are not related to your identity. Bitcoin is not an anonymous cryptocurrency like Monero so please double check our advice on how to buy Bitcoin.
Although already explained, it is really important to write down your wallet seed and store it somewhere save. Nothing is more painful than loosing all your funds because you just have not taken this five minutes to write it down.