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 any 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 in the new SharePoint admin center

By using the new SharePoint admin center, you can delete sites that use the new team site and communication site templates.

SharePoint admins can now delete sites that belong to an Office 365 group. Deleting these sites will delete the group and all its resources, including the Outlook mailbox and calendar, and any Teams channels.

  1. Sign in to https://admin.microsoft.com as a global or SharePoint admin. (If you see a message that you don't have permission to access the page, you don't have Office 365 administrator permissions in your organization.)

    Note

    If you have Office 365 Germany, sign in at https://portal.office.de. If you have Office 365 operated by 21Vianet (China), sign in at https://login.partner.microsoftonline.cn/. Then select the Admin tile to open the admin center.

  2. In the left pane, under Admin centers, select SharePoint. (You might need to select Show all to see the list of admin centers.)

  3. If the classic SharePoint admin center appears, select Try it now to open the new SharePoint admin center.

  4. In the left pane of the new SharePoint admin center, select Active sites.

  5. In the left column, click to select a site.

  6. Select Delete, and then select Delete to confirm.

Note

Deleted Office 365 groups are retained for only 30 days.

Delete a classic site in the classic SharePoint admin center

  1. Sign in to https://admin.microsoft.com as a global or SharePoint admin. (If you see a message that you don't have permission to access the page, you don't have Office 365 administrator permissions in your organization.)

    Note

    If you have Office 365 Germany, sign in at https://portal.office.de. If you have Office 365 operated by 21Vianet (China), sign in at https://login.partner.microsoftonline.cn/. Then select the Admin tile to open the admin center.

  2. In the left pane, under Admin centers, select SharePoint. (You might need to select Show all to see the list of admin centers.) If this opens the new SharePoint admin center, select Classic SharePoint admin center in the left pane.

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

  4. On the Site Collections tab, select Delete.

    Site Collection page with Delete selected

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

    Delete Site Collection dialog box

See also

Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin