How to Back-up a site collection inside SharePoint online


  • I am working on SharePoint online 2013, and when I access the online central administration I cannot find a way to backup site collections.

    As currently I want to apply some modifications to a site collection which already has data. So I want to backup it before I start applying my modifications, and in case I face any problem or exception during my work, I need a way to restore the original site collection.

    But unfortunately I could not locate the location to Backup & Restore it. so is this available ?



    Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:02 PM

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  • Have you looked into using PowerShell for this? looks like PowerShell can do it for you. shows Central Admin and PowerShell method.

    Thanks, Tim. Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help.

    Thursday, November 10, 2016 7:20 PM
  • Hi 

    In SharePoint Online environment there is no PowerShell command available for Backup and restore of a site collection.

    You can either take manual backup of your site collection using "Save site as Template" command available OOTB under Site settings option. Or you can make a service request to Microsoft to take backup of the site.

    For further details, please refer to the below link:



    • Proposed as answer by Sudheer3041 Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:28 AM
    Friday, November 11, 2016 9:43 AM
  • How to back-up a Office 365 SharePoint Online site and data:

    Backup and restore SharePoint online site 

    Also get help from this article to save site as a template.


    Migration solution to migrate to-and-from SharePoint and Office 365 along with File Servers, Exchange/Office 365 Public Folders, Google Drive and OneDrive Business to SharePoint Online/On-premise migration.

    Friday, November 11, 2016 11:31 AM
  • There is nothing similar to the Backup and Restore Site Collection methods in SharePoint Online. The closest you get is the Export Web or Save site as template tools and they do not provide a high quality backup method. You should not rely on it for a way to restore your site to a previous state.

    In short, you can't do this.

    Friday, November 11, 2016 3:53 PM
  • Hi.

    Have a look at this...

    Site Collection Restore

    • Contact Microsoft Support for assistance with possible data loss issues.  They will work with you to assess the best route to restore the desired content, whether that be versioning, the recycle bin, or an actual restore.
    • Backups are retained for 14 days, so the sooner we can get started with data gathering the better.


    Please mark my answer if it helped you, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Monday, January 30, 2017 8:36 AM