I saw something about having 15gb of storage, as I recall the number in an Internet discussion I looked at this evening.  But that was total storage and if you store other material elsewhere such as on Google Drive, that will reduce your total storage. 
Further to what I said before, I was surprised at what I found out when using a POP account.  I checked the deleted messages folder on the web site and I found mail there that I had placed in the deleted messages folder of my e-mail client.  I didn't realize gMail kept track of things in a pop3 account.  I had thought that commands I gave in that account were limited to that account and that Google didn't know about them but that isn't the case.

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           Whether access is POP or IMAP, insofar as how Gmail handles Trash, is irrelevant.  You are correct that when you delete a message it gets moved to Trash (which is the rough equivalent of the Windows recycle bin, since you can restore from it) and if it remains there for more than 30 days it is permanently deleted.

            As far as I know there is no storage limit on Gmail.  Now, on Google Drive if you use the free version you get 15GB of storage, but that's not true of Gmail.  One of its early marketing claims was that "you'd never have to delete an e-mail message".  On my oldest account I have over 9K messages, all read, and many of which should be deleted, but with no sign of any limit indicated, ever.  A great many of those have attachments, too.

            Also, the same account can be set up for both POP and IMAP access, so heaven knows how Google handles that if someone does it behind the scenes.  My original Gmail account, which was created in 2008, has POP enabled for all messages (even those downloaded before) from September 2008.  I have never used POP access, though, since IMAP is enabled as well and when I have used e-mail clients I have always used IMAP access since I want everything to be kept in sync regardless of how or where it's accessed.


Brian - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1809, Build 17763  

The terrible state of public education has paid huge dividends in ignorance.  Huge.  We now have a country that can be told blatant lies — easily checkable, blatant lies — and I’m not talking about the covert workings of the CIA. When we have a terrorist attack, on September 11, 2001 with 19 men — 15 of them are Saudis — and five minutes later the whole country thinks they’re from Iraq — how can you have faith in the public? This is an easily checkable fact. The whole country is like the O.J. Simpson jurors.

      ~ Fran Lebowitz in Ruminator Magazine interview with Susannah McNeely (Aug/Sept 2005)



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