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New Contributor

Short:

Is there a way to manually purge deleted channels instantly vs waiting for soft delete timeout? 

 

Long:

One of our groups reached their channel limit this week. 

The obvious solution was to remove some channels, which they've done (86 of them). 

As deleted channels count towards the limit until they are finally removed is there a way to speed that up? It didn't look like the powershell command to remove channel can get around the soft delete time. 

I couldn't find the soft delete time but a couple references put it between 14-30 days which is too long. 

 

John

 

5 Replies
best response confirmed by John_Wagenman (New Contributor)
Solution
It is 14 days via the UI

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/Retention-time-of-deleted-channels-and-archiv...

AFAIK there is no workaround to hard delete them.

There is a uservoice open here to be able to do that.

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/34045936-hard-delete-deleted-c...

Seems pretty elementary. Need to be able to purge channels like AD users via Powershell.

Hope that answers your question

Best, Chris

Thank you. 

According to the documentation it's 30 days.

(4) Deleted channels can be restored within 30 days. During these 30 days, a deleted channel continues to be counted towards the 200 channel or 30 private channel per team limit. After 30 days, a deleted channel and its content are permanently deleted and the channel no longer counts towards the per team limit.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-ca/microsoftteams/limits-specifications-teams

However, we have some channels (private) that have been deleted for more than 30 days and they are still in the deleted list. Did it happen in your Teams?

@KM KTNN 

However, we have some channels (private) that have been deleted for more than 30 days and they are still in the deleted list. Did it happen in your Teams?

 

I have this happening also and it's a pain in the **bleep**. Some channels deleted in october/november are still messing the system so I'm unable to create more private channels. Why is this so and how to remove them.

 

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Hello, still not possible to hard delete I'm afraid. As for the issue you're having I recommend opening up a support ticket with Microsoft to have them removed.

 

Btw, let me add a couple of UVs..

 

Permanently delete a channel – Microsoft Teams UserVoice

 

hard delete deleted channels – Microsoft Teams UserVoice