SharePoint Online: How to Restore a Deleted Site Collection using PowerShell?

Requirement: Restore a Deleted Site Collection in SharePoint Online.

How to Restore a Deleted Site Collection in SharePoint Online?

If you are a SharePoint Online administrator or an Office 365 global Admin, you may know that site deletions can happen accidentally, and you may need to restore them as quickly as possible. This blog post will teach you how to restore a deleted SharePoint Online site. We will also share how to restore the deleted site using PowerShell. Let’s get started!

SharePoint Online recycle bin provides the ability to recover even when an entire site collection is deleted. To restore a deleted site collection in SharePoint Online, follow these steps:

  • Login to SharePoint Online Admin Center at https://YourTenant-Admin.sharepoint.com >> Expand Sites >> Deleted Sites. This page lists all deleted site collections.
  • Pick the one you want to restore and click on the “Restore” button from the ribbon. 
  • You’ll get a message “Site Restored” once the restore operation completes. restore sharepoint online site using powershell

Restore a deleted site in SharePoint Online from the classic admin center:

Similarly, to restore a SharePoint Online site in the classic admin center:

  • Click on the “Site Collection” link in the left navigation.
  • On the ribbon, click on the “Recycle Bin” button. You’ll see the list of all Site Collections, along with when they were deleted and how many days are remaining before they disappear from the recycle bin.
  • To restore deleted site collection, select the site collection you want to restore on the Recycle Bin page, and click on the “Restore Deleted Items” button in the Ribbon.
    sharepoint online restore deleted site collection
  • Click on the “Restore” button in the Popup window to restore the selected site collection.
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The default retention period for deleted items in SharePoint Online is 93 days! However, this applies to classic sites only! you have up to 93 days to restore. For modern group connected site collections, the retention period is limited to 30 days, as enforced by Azure AD recycle bin settings.

SharePoint Online: PowerShell to Restore a Deleted Site Collection

When a SharePoint Online site collection is deleted, it is placed in the recycle bin, and then it is permanently deleted after the retention period. Recovering a SharePoint Online site is relatively easy, and here is the PowerShell to restore the deleted site collection.

Step 1: Connect to SharePoint Online from SharePoint Online Management Shell

#Config Parameters
$AdminSiteURL="https://crescent-admin.sharepoint.com"

#Get Credentials to connect
$Cred = Get-Credential

#Connect to SharePoint Online Tenant Admin
Connect-SPOService -URL $AdminSiteURL -Credential $Cred

Step 2: Get a List of All Deleted Site Collections

#Get All Deleted Sites
Get-SPODeletedSite

Step 3: Restore the Site collection from Recycle bin

#sharepoint online restore deleted site powershell
Restore-SPODeletedSite -Identity "https://crescent.sharepoint.com/sites/Vendors"
sharepoint online powershell restore site collection

That’s it. Your site should be back! We’ve restored the SharePoint Online site collection using PowerShell.

Restore Deleted SharePoint Online Site using PnP PowerShell

Let’s recover deleted site in SharePoint Online using the PnP PowerShell cmdlet Restore-PnPTenantRecycleBinItem.

#Config Variables
$TenantURL = "https://Crescent.sharepoint.com"
$DeletedSiteURL ="https://Crescent.sharepoint.com/sites/Purchase"

#Connect to PnP Online
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $TenantURL -Credentials (Get-Credential)
 
#Get Deleted Site from Recycle Bin
$DeletedSite = Get-PnPTenantRecycleBinItem | Where {$_.URL -eq $DeletedSiteURL}

If($DeletedSite)
{
    #restore site collection sharepoint online powershell
    Restore-PnPTenantRecycleBinItem -Url $DeletedSiteURL -Force -ErrorAction Stop
    Write-Host -f Green "Site Collection '$DeletedSiteURL' Restored Successfully!"
}
Else
{
    Write-host -f Yellow "Could not Find Deleted site:"$DeletedSiteURL
}

This PowerShell restores the deleted site in SharePoint Online!

If you want to delete a site collection permanently, you have to delete it from the recycle bin as in SharePoint Online: Delete Site Collection from Recycle bin using PowerShell

How to recover deleted files from SharePoint Online?

To restore deleted items from the recycle bin: Login to your SharePoint Online site >> Click on Settings gear >> Site Contents >> Click on the “Recycle bin” link from the top-right area of the page. On the Recycle bin page, Select the document(s) you would like to restore and then click “Restore Selection”.
More info: Restore files in SharePoint Online

How do I restore a deleted subsite in SharePoint Online?

To restore a subsite, Login to SharePoint Online Site collection as a site collection administrator. Navigate to Site Settings >> Click on “Recycle bin” under site collection administration, Click on the “Second-stage recycle bin” link and select the subsite to restore, and click on the “Restore” button in the ribbon.
More info: Restore deleted subsite in SharePoint Online

How do I restore the previous version in SharePoint Online?

To restore a previous version of a document: Browse to the document library >> Right-click on the document and choose “Version History” from the menu. On the version history page, hover your mouse over the version you want to restore and click on “Restore” from the context menu.
More info: Restore the previous version in SharePoint Online

How to restore a OneDrive for Business site?

To restore a deleted OneDrive for Business site, use PowerShell cmdlet: Restore-SPODeletedSite -Identity “OneDriveSiteURL”
More info: Restore OneDrive for Business Deleted site

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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