All information in this chapter is related to using the Monero Wallet GUI on Tails. Using it on other operating systems may vary.
The Monero Wallet Graphical User Interface (GUI) is the official wallet from the Monero project. It is available for various platforms and can be installed locally on your machine.
The Monero Wallet GUI contains everything you will need and is pretty easy to use. The installation and setup might take some time, but it is definitely worth it. See in the next chapters how it works in detail.
As a prerequisite please make sure you have setup your persistent storage on Tails and enabled the persistence for dotfiles, as your wallet can not be saved otherwise. You can find more information in the official Tails documentation at tails.boum.org.
Installing the Monero Wallet GUI is not complicated at all, so have a look at the next steps.
In order to be able to display the coins on your wallet or for sending coins to others, you have to connect your wallet to the blockchain. This means that your wallet is constantly listening for transactions on the Monero blockchain. If a transaction is meant to be for your address it will appear in your wallet. If you send coins from your wallet, this transaction will be broadcasted to the blockchain, making it available for others.
You can connect your local Monero wallet in two ways to the Monero blockchain. Either by downloading the complete blockchain or by using a public remote node. Downloading the blockchain will be more secure, but using a remote node will be faster and you do not need to store the complete blockchain.
Setup your Monero Wallet GUI (1-6)
Setup your Monero Wallet GUI (7-13)
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 Monero with your wallet
If you have coins in your wallet and the balance is unlocked you are ready to spend them.
Well done, your payment should now be confirmed within the next minutes.
Paying an order from your wallet
As explained before, using a remote node is not as secure as downloading the complete blockchain to your local machine. However, for normal buying purposes you will not have to worry about it. Anyway, inform yourself about how to download the blockchain if you use Monero on a regular basis.
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.
If you are still wondering about the anonymity of Monero please have a look at our General Information about Monero.