So many of you would of heard of the useful functionality that is Recycle Bins, the place where a deleted file, folder, list, library or subsite is sent.. but for how long and how does this work? And how can I restore content
When any of those above types of content is deleted is immediately send to the End User Recycle Bin, these items in the End User Recycle bin are stored for 93day(s) and will automatically be emptied once that time lapses.
The Item in question is then sent to the ‘Deleted from end user recycle bin’ or what most call Stage 2 Recycle bin once again these items will be stored for 93 days before being removed completely from your SharePoint Online environment.
It is important to note once an item is removed from this recycle bin (stage 2) there is no coming back, so manage with care.
So you need to restore a file, First of all how can you get to these Recycle Bins?
- On your site collection in question, Click Settings > Site
Under the Site Collection Administration Category you will see the Recycle
bin option click it
Alternatively you can browse straight to https://yoursite.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/AdminRecycleBin.aspx
On the left hand side you will see the ability to select between the two available recycle bins
Restoring an item
Select the file you would like to restore and click ‘Restore Selection‘ , you will be promoted to confirm the restoration click OK
And that’s it we have taken you through the retention schedule of the Recycle bins, what items are stored in the Recycle bin, how to access the Recycle bin and how to restore from it.
If you would like to learn how to restore a deleted site collection please read an article I wrote on the topic