View and restore deleted sites in the new SharePoint admin center

Deleted sites are retained for 93 days. After 93 days, sites and all their content and settings are permanently deleted, including lists, libraries, pages, and any subsites.

Note

If you need to retain content for a minimum period of time to comply with industry regulations or internal policies, you can create a retention policy to keep a copy of it in the Preservation Hold library. For info, see Overview of retention policies.

To view deleted sites in the new SharePoint admin center (preview), go to the current SharePoint admin center, click "Try it now" in the upper right, and then select Deleted sites.

Deleted sites in the new SharePoint admin center

You can sort and filter deleted sites the same way you sort and filter sites on the Active sites page. You can also sort and filter deleted sites by Time deleted.

Restore a deleted site

The new SharePoint admin center now enables both global admins and SharePoint admins to delete and restore sites that belong to an Office 365 group.

  1. Select the site.

  2. Click Restore. (If you don't see the Restore button, make sure only one site is selected. The button won't appear if multiple sites are selected.)

Note

Restoring a site that belongs to an Office 365 group restores the Office 365 group and all its resources. Note that the other group resources are retained for only 30 days, whereas the site is retained for 93. If the other group resources have been deleted, you can use the PowerShell command Remove-SPODeletedSite to permanently delete the site.

For more info about the new SharePoint admin center, see Get started with the new SharePoint admin center.