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Manage SharePoint Online Admin Center

The SharePoint Online Admin Center is a very important component of the Microsoft 365 suite, It provides administrators with the tools and settings necessary to manage SharePoint Online environments effectively. Here’s an overview of what you can do in the SharePoint Online Admin Center and how to navigate it:

What is SharePoint online admin Center URL?

Standard URL Format

Generally, the URL for the SharePoint Online Admin Center is:

Here, your-domain should be replaced with your organization's Office 365 domain. For example, if your organization's domain is bricks, then the URL would be:

How to Access the SharePoint Online Admin Center

If you are not sure of the URL, you can access the SharePoint Online Admin Center through the Office 365 admin center by following these steps:

  • Visit and sign in with your admin account.
  • From the Office 365 homepage, click on the Admin Link from the left hand side menu links to go to the Microsoft 365 admin center.
  • This will open Microsoft 365 Admin Center.
  • In the Microsoft 365 admin center, expand the Admin centers menu on the left-hand side and select SharePoint. This will redirect you to the SharePoint Online Admin Center.
  • This will open SharePoint Admin center.

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What is the Permission level required to access SharePoint online admin center?

To access the SharePoint Online Admin Center, you typically need to be assigned one of the following roles in the Microsoft 365 admin center:

  • Global Administrator: This is the highest level of administrator, who has access to all administrative features in all Microsoft services. Global Administrators can access the SharePoint Online Admin Center and manage all aspects of SharePoint Online, as well as other services in the tenant.
  • SharePoint Administrator: Specifically tailored to SharePoint, this role allows users to manage SharePoint settings, sites, and associated services within the SharePoint Online Admin Center. Users with this role can create and manage site collections, manage sharing settings, configure search settings, and more.

How to access SharePoint online admin center recycle bin/Deleted Sites

To access the Recycle Bin in the SharePoint Online Admin Center, follow these steps:

Note: Now, Recycle bin is called Deleted Sites.

  • Navigate to the SharePoint Online Admin Center by logging into your Microsoft 365 admin portal, and then select SharePoint under the Admin centers section in the navigation pane. Alternatively, you can directly go to
  • In the SharePoint Online Admin Center, you'll find the Recycle Bin in the left-hand menu under the Sites category. Click on Recycle bin here. This is different from the site-level Recycle Bins that users can access within their individual SharePoint sites.

SharePoint online admin center audit logs

Audit logs in SharePoint Online provide detailed records of actions performed within your SharePoint environment. These logs are part of the larger Office 365 or Microsoft 365 audit logging capabilities and are accessible through the Microsoft 365 compliance center, rather than the SharePoint Online Admin Center itself.

  • Permissions Required:
    • To access audit logs, you need to be assigned compliance or audit permissions. Typically, roles such as Global Administrator, Compliance Administrator, or Audit Logs role in the Microsoft 365 compliance center can access these logs.
    • Accessing the Audit Log:
    • Go to the Microsoft 365 compliance center by navigating to
    • Sign in with your admin account.

App catalog in SharePoint admin center

The App Catalog in SharePoint is a specialized site collection that allows you to store and manage custom-developed and third-party apps for SharePoint and Office 365. It serves as a central repository from which users can install apps into their SharePoint sites, providing a controlled and streamlined way to distribute apps across the organization.

Sharing Policies in SharePoint admin center

In SharePoint Online, sharing policies decides how users can share content both within the organization and with external parties. These policies help protect sensitive information while facilitating collaboration. You can configure these policies via the SharePoint Admin Center, focusing on various settings that determine who can share what, and how.

  • File sharing settings like, whom you can share content with: only people in the organization, existing guests, New and existing guests or anyone.
  • Advance sharing settings like: External sharing domain limit, external sharing with specific groups, expiration set on the shared links, etc…
  • You can also set the settings on files and folders shared links.
  • Access Control Policies in SharePoint admin center

    You can Use these settings to restrict how users are allowed to access content in SharePoint and OneDrive.

    • Unmanaged devices: Restrict access from devices that aren't compliant or joined to a domain.
    • Idle Session time-Out: Warn and then sign out users on unmanaged devices after a period of inactivity. This setting applies when users don't select to stay signed in.
    • Network location: Use this setting to allow access only from IP addresses that your organization owns.
    • Apps that don't use modern authentication: Some third-party apps and previous versions of Office can't enforce device-based restrictions. Use this setting to block all access from these apps.

Overall, Using the SharePoint Online Admin Center, administrators can perform a wide range of tasks including managing site collections, configuring settings, assigning user permissions, and overseeing the service health and activities of SharePoint Online within their organization.

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