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Carol DeMuth
Contributor

I haven't been able to see an answer on this yet and I'm sure I will be asked by some end users. 

If a team is deleted, how long does it show in the Archives in the Team management area?

If a channel is deleted, how long does it stay in the Deleted area in the management area?

Is there a time limit on either of these that limits the ability to restore them?

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14 days on deleted channel from UI only.
30 days on a Office 365 group which means the connected Team, however you cannot restore a deleted Team from the UI.

You can restore a deleted Office 365 Group (team) from the Exchange Admin Center or with PowerShell. Here's how to rescue a soft-deleted group: https://www.petri.com/recover-deleted-office-365-groups

 

Once you go past 30 days, you might have a day or two afterwards before background processes permanently delete the group/team. Once it's been permanently deleted, it and all its resources (SharePoint etc.) are irrecoverable.

@Christopher Webb 

 

Hi Christopher,

 

If we delete a channel how long before it is really deleted and can be recreated using the same name?  Is this that strange thing that once a channel name has been used you can never use it again even after it's deleted.

 

Thanks

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