Delete a site collection

When you, as a global or SharePoint admin in Office 365, delete a site collection, it's moved to the site collection Recycle Bin and retained for 93 days. Deleting the site collection deletes everything within it, including:

  • Document libraries and files.

  • Lists and list data.

  • Site settings and history.

  • Any subsites and their contents.

You should notify the site collection owners and subsite owners before you delete a site collection so they can move their data to another location, and also tell users when the sites will be deleted.

Delete a site collection in the classic SharePoint admin center

  1. Sign in to Office 365 as a global admin or SharePoint admin.

  2. Select the app launcher icon The app launcher icon in Office 365 in the upper-left and choose Admin to open the Office 365 admin center. (If you don't see the Admin tile, you don't have Office 365 administrator permissions in your organization.)

  3. In the left pane, choose Admin centers > SharePoint.

  4. Select the check box next to the site collection or multiple site collections that you want to delete.

  5. On the Site Collections tab, select Delete.

    Site Collection page with Delete selected

  6. Confirm the information in the Delete Site Collections dialog box, and then select Delete.

    Delete Site Collection dialog box

Note

To delete a communication site, use the new SharePoint admin center preview. For info, see Manage sites in the new SharePoint admin center.

Delete team sites that belong to Office 365 groups

To delete a group-connected team site, you need to delete the group.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 as a global admin or SharePoint admin.

  2. In the left pane, choose Groups > Groups.

  3. Select the check box next to the group you want to delete.

  4. Select Delete.

See also

Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin