Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin 

When you delete items (including OneDrive for Business files) from a SharePoint site, they're sent to the site Recycle Bin (also called the first-stage Recycle Bin), where you can restore them if you need to. When you delete items from a site Recycle Bin, they're sent to the site collection Recycle Bin (also called the second-stage Recycle Bin).

A SharePoint site collection administrator can view and restore deleted items from the site collection Recycle Bin to their original locations. If an item is deleted from the site collection Recycle Bin, or it exceeds the retention time, it is permanently deleted.

Important: The SharePoint Recycle Bin is different from the Recycle Bin in Windows. If you delete files or folders that you're syncing, you can restore them from the Windows Recycle Bin on your PC. To put your Windows Recycle Bin on your desktop, see Show or hide the Recycle Bin.

Updated May, 2018 thanks to customer feedback.

Restore an item from the SharePoint Online site collection Recycle Bin

  1. Go to the site, and in the left pane, choose Recycle Bin.

    Choose Recycle Bin on left navigation.

    If you don't see the Recycle Bin, follow these steps:

    1. Click Settings Settings button from SharePoint Online and then click Site settings.

    2. Click Recycle bin under Site Collection Administration.

      Settings under Site Collection admin heading with Recycle highlighted
  2. At the bottom of the Recycle Bin page, click second-stage recycle bin.

    SharePoint online recycle bin with Second-level link highlighted

    Note: You need administrator or owner permissions to use the site collection Recycle Bin. If you don't see it, it might have been disabled or you don't have permission to access it.

  3. Point to the items you want to restore, click the check icon to the right of each one, and then click Restore.

    SharePoint Online Restore button highlighted

    If you restore an item that was originally located in a deleted folder, the folder is recreated in its original location and the item is restored in that folder.

Restore an entire site collection

If you're a global admin or SharePoint admin in Office 365, you can also restore entire site collections from the site collection Recycle Bin. For info, see Restore a deleted site collection.

How long are deleted items kept in the Recycle Bin?

In SharePoint Online, items are retained for 93 days from the time you delete them from their original location. They stay in the site Recycle Bin the entire time, unless someone deletes them from there or empties that Recycle Bin. In that case, the items go to the site collection Recycle Bin, where they stay for the remainder of the 93 days unless:

  • the site collection Recycle Bin exceeds its quota and starts purging the oldest items

  • the items are manually deleted by the site collection administrator from the site collection Recycle Bin (for info about doing this, see Delete items from the site collection Recycle Bin)

The site Recycle Bin storage counts against your site collection storage quota and the List View Threshold. The amount of space allocated to the site collection Recycle Bin is 200% of the site collection quota. These values are not configurable.

SharePoint Online retains backups of all content for 14 additional days beyond actual deletion. If content can not be restored via the Recycle Bin or Files Restore, an administrator can contact Microsoft Support to request a restore any time inside the 14 day window .

Note: Restorations from backups can only be completed for site collections or sub-sites, not for specific files, lists, or libraries. If you need to recover a specific item, find it in the Recycle Bin, right-click it, and choose Restore.

Restore an item from the SharePoint Server 2016 Site Collection Recycle Bin page

  1. On the left Quick Launch pane of the Site page, choose Recycle Bin.

    Choose Recycle Bin on left navigation.

    If you don't see the Recycle Bin, try the following steps:

    1. Click Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. and then click Site settings.

    2. Click Recycle bin under Site Collection Administration.

      Settings under Site Collection admin heading with Recycle highlighted

    Important: You need administrator or owner permissions to use the site collection Recycle Bin. If you don't see it, it might have been disabled or you don't have permission to access it. If you're the SharePoint administrator, see Configure SharePoint Recycle Bin settings. If not, talk with your farm or server administrator.

  2. At the bottom of the Recycle Bin page, click second-stage recycle bin.

    SharePoint 2016 Second-level recycle bin link
  3. Click the box next to the item(s) you want to restore and then click Restore.

    SharePoint 2nd level recycle with restore button highlighted

    If you restore an item that was originally located in a deleted folder, the folder is recreated in its original location and the item is restored in that folder.

  4. Click OK.

Restore a deleted site

Deleted sites are retained in the site collection Recycle Bin. From there, a site collection administrator can restore them to their original site collection.

Before you restore, you should be aware that:

  • Any content types that are added while a site is in the site collection Recycle Bin are not added to that site. Thus, field definitions might not be up to date.

  • Content deployment does not affect a deleted site in the site collection Recycle Bin. To resolve this issue, run scoped deployment for the site after you restore it.

  • When update packages are installed, including Microsoft quick fix engineering (QFE) updates, the update packages are not applied to sites in the site collection Recycle Bin. To resolve this issue, manually upgrade the site collection by using the Upgrade-SPContentDatabase cmdlet on the content database that contains that site collection.

Note: If you don’t see the site you want to restore, it might already have been permanently deleted, either manually or automatically. If you have questions about the automatic deletion settings, talk with your farm or server administrator.

Restore an entire site collection

If you're a SharePoint administrator, you can restore a site collection using PowerShell. For info, see Restore-SPDeletedSite.

How long are deleted items kept in the Recycle Bin?

There are two Recycle Bins, the site Recycle Bin (first-stage) and site collection Recycle Bin (second-stage). The default retention period for any item is 93 days. This period can be increased up to as many as 10,000 days from the date that the original deletion event occurred. You may also configure items in your Recycle Bin to not be automatically discarded after a set period of time, if desired. Items in the site Recycle Bin count against the site's storage quota and the List View Threshold. The default amount of space available in the Site Collection Recycle Bin is 50% of the site quota, but can be configured for up to 500% of the site quota. These values can be configured by your farm administrator. For more info, see Configure SharePoint Recycle Bin settings.

Restore an item from the SharePoint Server 2013 Site Collection Recycle Bin page

  1. On the left Quick Launch pane of the Site page, choose Recycle Bin.

    If you don't see the Recycle Bin, try the following steps:

    1. Click Settings Office 365 Settings button and then click Site settings.

    2. Click Recycle bin under Site Collection Administration.

      Settings under Site Collection admin heading with Recycle highlighted

    Important: You need administrator or owner permissions to use the site collection Recycle Bin. If you don't see it, it might have been disabled or you don't have permission to access it. If you're the SharePoint administrator, see Configure SharePoint Recycle Bin settings. If not, talk with your farm or server administrator.

  2. In the Recycle dialog, click Deleted from end user Recycle Bin.

    SharePoint 2013 recycle bin with Delete From User highlighted
  3. Click the box next to the item(s) you want to restore and then click Restore.

    SharePoint 2013 2nd level recycle bin with restore button highlighted

    If you restore an item that was originally located in a deleted folder, the folder is recreated in its original location and the item is restored in that folder.

  4. Click OK.

Restore a deleted site

Deleted sites are retained in the site collection Recycle Bin. From there, a site collection administrator can restore them to their original site collection.

Before you restore, you should be aware that:

  • Any content types that are added while a site is in the site collection Recycle Bin are not added to that site. Thus, field definitions might not be up to date.

  • Content deployment does not affect a deleted site in the site collection Recycle Bin. To resolve this issue, run scoped deployment for the site after you restore it.

  • When update packages are installed, including Microsoft quick fix engineering (QFE) updates, the update packages are not applied to sites in the site collection Recycle Bin. To resolve this issue, manually upgrade the site collection by using the Upgrade-SPContentDatabase cmdlet on the content database that contains that site collection.

Note: If you don’t see the site you want to restore, it might already have been permanently deleted, either manually or automatically. If you have questions about the automatic deletion settings, talk with your farm or server administrator.

Restore an entire site collection

If you're a SharePoint administrator, you can restore a site collection using PowerShell. For info, see Restore-SPDeletedSite.

How long are deleted items kept in the Recycle Bin?

There are two Recycle Bins, the site Recycle Bin (first-stage) and site collection Recycle Bin (second-stage). The default retention period for any item is 93 days. This period can be increased up to as many as 10,000 days from the date that the original deletion event occurred. You may also configure items in your Recycle Bin to not be automatically discarded after a set period of time, if desired. Items in the site Recycle Bin count against the site's storage quota and the List View Threshold. The default amount of space available in the Site Collection Recycle Bin is 50% of the site quota, but can be configured for up to 500% of the site quota. These values can be configured by your farm administrator. For more info, see Configure SharePoint Recycle Bin settings.

Restore an item from the SharePoint Server 2010 Site Collection Recycle Bin page

  1. On the left Quick Launch pane of the Site page, choose Recycle Bin.

    SharePoint 2010 Site Recycle link on Quick Launch bar
  2. Click Site Collection Recycle Bin at the top of the page.

    If you didn't see the Recycle Bin in the Quick Launch, try the following steps:

    1. Click Site Actions Site Actions Menu , and then click Site settings.

    2. Click Recycle bin under Site Collection Administration.

      SharePoint 2010 Site Collection admin section with Recycle highlighted

    Important: You need administrator or owner permissions to use the site collection Recycle Bin. If you don't see it, it might have been disabled or you don't have permission to access it. If you're the SharePoint administrator, see Configure SharePoint Recycle Bin settings. If not, talk with your farm or server administrator.

  3. Click Deleted from end user Recycle Bin on the right side of the screen.

    SharePoint 2010 2nd level recycle link
  4. Click the check box next to the item(s) you want to restore and then click Restore Selection.

    SharePoint 2010 with items selected and the Restore button highlighted
  5. Click OK.

    If you restore an item that was originally located in a deleted folder, the folder is recreated in its original location and the item is restored in that folder.

Note: If you restore a file or folder with the same name as an existing file or folder on your SharePoint Server site, that existing file or folder will be renamed to allow the deleted item to be restored.

Restore a deleted site

Deleted sites are retained in the site collection Recycle Bin. From there, a site collection administrator can restore them to their original site collection.

Before you restore, you should be aware that:

  • Any content types that are added while a site is in the site collection Recycle Bin are not added to that site. Thus, field definitions might not be up to date.

  • Content deployment does not affect a deleted site in the site collection Recycle Bin. To resolve this issue, run scoped deployment for the site after you restore it.

  • When update packages are installed, including Microsoft quick fix engineering (QFE) updates, the update packages are not applied to sites in the site collection Recycle Bin. To resolve this issue, manually upgrade the site collection by using the Upgrade-SPContentDatabase cmdlet on the content database that contains that site collection.

Note: If you don’t see the site you want to restore, it might already have been permanently deleted, either manually or automatically. If you have questions about the automatic deletion settings, talk with your farm or server administrator.

Restore an entire site collection

If you're a SharePoint administrator, you can restore a site collection using PowerShell. For info, see Restore-SPDeletedSite.

How long are deleted items kept in the Recycle Bin?

There are two Recycle Bins, the site Recycle Bin (first-stage) and site collection Recycle Bin (second-stage). The default retention period for any item is 93 days. This period can be increased up to as many as 10,000 days from the date that the original deletion event occurred. You may also configure items in your Recycle Bin to not be automatically discarded after a set period of time, if desired. Items in the site Recycle Bin count against the site's storage quota and the List View Threshold. The default amount of space available in the Site Collection Recycle Bin is 50% of the site quota, but can be configured for up to 500% of the site quota. These values can be configured by your farm administrator. For more info, see Configure SharePoint Recycle Bin settings.

A few basics about restoring from the Recycle Bin

  • Securable objects bring all their contents back with them    When you restore any securable object (any object to which access can be controlled), it is restored with all of the objects that it contained when it was deleted. For example, if you restore a list, library, folder, or Document Set, the restored version contains all the documents and other items that it contained when it was deleted. If you restore a file or other item that has multiple versions, the restored file or item includes all the versions it contained when it was deleted.

  • Most objects can’t be restored if their container objects aren’t present    If you delete an object and then delete the object that contained it, you must restore the container before you can restore the object. For example, if you delete a file and then delete the library in which it was stored, you must restore the library before you can restore the file. If you delete an earlier version of a file and then delete the current version of the file itself, you must restore the file itself before you can restore the earlier version.

  • Exception: An object deleted from a folder can be restored without first restoring the folder    The folder is automatically re-created in its former location, but now contains only the object that you restored. (Alternatively, you can also restore the folder manually from the Recycle Bin, in which case it’s restored with all the contents that it had when it was deleted.)

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