How to Delete and Recover Files in Microsoft Teams

As you may have already known, Microsoft Teams allows its users to share files over the chat and in the teams. In this article, we will learn how to delete files that you shared in Microsoft Teams and also how to recover them if you accidentally removed them. Please keep in mind that all the files shared in Teams are also available in SharePoint. In order to delete or recover files in teams, you must have access to both the Microsoft Teams app and SharePoint Online. 

  • Step 1: Open Your Teams App

If you are not logged in automatically, enter your Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) login credentials and enter them.

  • Step 2: Search for Files 

Click on the Files icon in the left navigation menu. It opens all the files you shared or being shared with you.

  • Step 3: Select a Cloud Storage Account

Since you can only delete the files you own, click on the OneDrive button as all your files are simultaneously saved in OneDrive and SharePoint Online.

  • Step 4: Locate a File that You Want to Delete 

Select the file, and click on more options(…).  Now click on the Delete link to delete the file.

  • Step 5: Restore a Deleted File in Microsoft Teams

Please keep in mind that you can’t restore a file from Microsoft Teams. In order to restore a deleted document or file, you need to go to your SharePoint Online account.

Click on the Recycle Bin tab from the homepage. You will be able to see all the files that you deleted here including the files that are removed from Microsoft Teams. Locate your file and right-click on the file to restore it.


  • Step 6: Microsoft Teams File Has Been Restored

Once restored, the file will reappear in Microsoft Teams.


We hope you found this article on Microsoft Teams helpful.

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