"This doesn't look like a valid user ID" error when a user tries to sign in to Microsoft 365


When a user tries to sign in to Microsoft 365, the user receives the following error message:

Sorry, that didn't work

This doesn't look like a valid user ID. Make sure you typed the user ID assigned to you by your organization. It usually looks like someone@example.com or someone@example.onmicrosoft.com.


This issue occurs if the user principal name (UPN) of the user in the on-premises Active Directory environment and the user's UPN in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) don't match. For example, the issue occurs if the on-premises UPN is john@contoso.com and the Azure AD UPN is john@contoso.onmicrosoft.com.

This situation can occur if the user's UPN changed but directory synchronization didn't yet occur to sync the change.


To resolve this issue, make sure that the on-premises UPN suffix is a verified domain, and then either wait until the next time that directory synchronization runs or force directory synchronization.

For more information about how to force directory synchronization, go to the following Microsoft website: Force directory synchronization

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