Note

The following information is about Microsoft Stream (Classic) which will eventually be retired and replaced by Stream (on SharePoint). To start using the newer video solution today, just upload your videos to SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, or OneDrive. Videos stored in Microsoft 365 the way you'd store any other file is the basis for Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint). Learn more...


Video recycle bin for Stream (Classic) administrator

Videos deleted in Microsoft Stream (Classic) automatically go into the video recycle bin for 30 days. This gives Stream (Classic) admins time to restore videos that were accidentally deleted.

If you don't restore a video within 30 days, it will automatically be purged from the recycle bin and permanently deleted. You can also choose to permanently delete videos already in the recycle bin before the 30-day limit.

Only a Stream (Classic) admin can access the admin video recycle bin.

As a Stream (Classic) admin, you can access the video recycle bin for all deleted videos across Stream (Classic) and either restore a video or permanently delete a video on behalf of users.

Recover or delete a user's deleted video from the admin recycle bin

When a video is restored from the recycle bin its permissions, links to groups and channels, and information about the video are restored as well.

  1. To get to the admin video recycle bin in Stream, go to Settings Settings icon. > Admin settings

    Settings menu to get to stream admin.

  2. Click the Recycle bin menu tab

    Admin video recycle bin list.

  3. Click the Restore icon Restore icon. to restore a previously deleted video.

  4. Or click the Delete icon Delete icon. to remove the video from the recycle bin and permanently delete it.

See how much storage is being used by the video recycle bin

When videos are deleted and put into the 30-day video recycle bin, those videos still count toward your Stream (Classic) video storage quota. Only when a video is permanently deleted will it no longer consume storage quota.

You can see how much of your storage quota is consumed by the video recycle bin from the Stream (Classic) admin usage details page.

  1. Go to Settings Settings icon. > Admin settings

  2. Select the Usage details menu tab. The percentage of your total storage used by the video recycle bin is listed here.

  3. If you select Manage recycle bin, you'll go to the admin video recycle bin where you can restore or delete videos.

    Admin usage details.

Empty the recycle bin

As a Stream (Classic) admin, you can permanently bulk remove videos from the recycle bin. Choose to delete all videos in the recycle bin or only the videos you moved there.

  1. Go to Settings > Admin settings in Stream (Classic)

Stream (Classic) settings menu.

  1. Select Recycle bin

Recycle bin selected in menu.

Delete all videos in the recycle bin

  1. Choose Remove all videos to empty the entire recycle bin.

Remove all videos button.

  1. When prompted, select Yes to confirm deletion.

Confirm deletion prompt.

Note: Based on the volume of videos marked for deletion, changes may take up to a day to reflect in storage.

Deletion in progress.

Delete only videos you moved to the recycle bin

  1. Choose Remove videos deleted by me to only remove videos you moved to the recycle bin.

Remove videos by me button.

  1. When prompted, select Yes to confirm deletion.

Confirm deletion prompt.

Note: Based on the volume of videos marked for deletion, changes may take up to a day to reflect in storage.

Deletion in progress.

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