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Gmail allows to limit from how many last days it will synchronize the messages. E.g. from one day, two, etc.

What is the default setting? I think this is phone independent, but I ask about Samsung Galaxy S, and SII.

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I think this may vary depending on the version of Gmail being used as well, actually, but I'm not positive. –  eldarerathis May 2 '12 at 18:09
    
Why the security tag? I can see how you could consider it a related to security somewhat but you don't mention it in the question. –  Peanut May 2 '12 at 18:25
    
If someone steals phone, this will be the amount of mail he can access –  WebStern May 2 '12 at 19:43
    
I thought that might be what you mean, but the attacker can always increase the value to whatever they want and access that many days of mail. –  Peanut May 2 '12 at 23:51
    
Yes, but the phone can be e.g. locked, giving enough time to change gmail password. –  WebStern May 2 '12 at 23:54
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4 days I believe, up till Gingerbread. I have Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and it's currently set at 30 days and I haven't changed it on my device since buying it so I suspect ICS has is set to 30 days as default.

If you look at: http://support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=168499 (along with the other links I post below) you can see it mentions a 4 day sync, these posts seem to be referring to Gingerbread and below.

EDIT: After Googling around for a bit I think that 30 days is definitely just in ICS. A few people on various sites mention a 4 day sync which should have been Gingerbread and below. (Note that most of these sources are relatively poor but they mention the 4 day limit, hence why I've posted them)

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Which device you have? –  WebStern May 2 '12 at 19:44
    
A Nexus S, it's got ICS now. I'll edit my answer with some other stuff I've read. –  Peanut May 2 '12 at 23:52
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This default depends on your Android version. The default setting used to 4 days but with ICS (might be honeycomb, I can't comfirm) it was changed to 30 days.

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It for sure was not ICS :) –  WebStern May 2 '12 at 23:44
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