How to recover and restore a deleted team in Microsoft Teams

Assuming your team was created within a Microsoft Office 365 group, the team, along with it’s Microsoft Outlook mail group, SharePoint site, Outlook calendar and planners can be restored. Provided said group was not deleted more than 90 days ago. Essentially, while we can restore most recently deleted teams, it’s impossible to recover anything that’s been gone for longer than 3 months.


  1. Open the SharePoint admin center
  2. Select Deleted sites
  3. Click the site associated with your team
  4. Select restore
  5. Confirm restore

In this blog post, we’ll be providing a step-by-step guide on restoring teams from Microsoft Teams. If you’re interested in restoring a recently deleted team, we kindly request you follow along. The guide will go over each step and provide related images for greater clarity.


  1. A guide on restoring a Microsoft Team
  2. End note

A guide on restoring a Microsoft Team

Please recall, as mentioned above, that we cannot directly restore a deleted Team. Teams are restored via their Microsoft 365 groups. Without one, they can not be restored so easily. Additionally, if your Team or its associated Microsoft Office 365 group was deleted more than 3 ago you will be unable to restore your team in any way. This is because data is not moved from soft deletion to permanent deletion after that time period.

Step 1 – Access the SharePoint admin center

Please be sure to proceed with an account bearing global administrative privileges. Failure to do so will result in having wasted time. If you’re unable to use the link please access Office 365 Admin center>Show more>SharePoint Admin center.

Step 2 – Open deleted sites from the side panel

You’re currently able to access a series of options from the left side panel. Under the Sites dropdown click Deleted sites.

Step 3 – Select a site for restoration

Amongst the sites, you should be able to identify the one associated with your team. If you do not, it’s safe to assume your team was not within a Microsoft Office 365 group. In which case, your team cannot be restored. Within the selection space, you can observe some options having appeared after making your selection. Amongst those options is Restore- click the restore option to continue.

Step 4 – Restore your selection

Confirm by selecting Restore in your new window. This will begin the restoration process. Please note this will also restore other assets associated with your team’s Microsoft 365 group. Such as Outlook mail groups and calendars, NoteBook notes, OneDrive shared libraries/SharePoint sites, and Microsoft Planner plans.

Step 5 – Await confirmation

Selecting Restore does not instantly restore your group/site/team. It will instead begin the restoration of all group content. Due to this, the completion time for the process may vary depending on the amount of data that was stored. In short. a 365 group with more data will take longer to restore than one with very little data. Upon completion, you will receive confirmation of the restore being complete.

End note


When a Microsoft Teams team is associated with a Microsoft 365 group, it can be restored after deletion, by restoring its associated group. However, this can only be achieved with more recently deleted teams due to the soft-deletion functionality within the Office system. The soft delete system permits data to be stored for a set period of time- before which it can be restored. After which, it will be removed permanently.


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Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell has been the Operations manager at telecoms and MSP Optionbox for more than 4 years. He has played a crucial role in the company, from marketing to helpdesk, and ensures that the IT requirements of over 300 clients are continuously met. With his innate passion for technology and troubleshooting and a particular interest in Apple products, Jack now delivers the most comprehensive tech guides to make your life easier. You can connect with Jack on LinkedIn.

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