How to programmatically differentiate between a Business Microsoft 365 account and a consumer Office 365 account?

Chirag 0 Reputation points


I am building a multi-tenant application that makes use of the Graph API. For authorizing a sign-in, my code is calling the “common/oauth2/v2.0/authorize” endpoint to fetch the OAuth access token for a user through the Graph API.

I want to be able to tell programatically when a user is trying to sign into a business Microsoft Exchange Online account from a consumer Office 365 account. Both these products are accessed by Graph API and the auth response is identical. Also my code is agnostic to "tenantId" of business enterprises. So I am trying to understand how I could differentiate when a user is fetching an authorization code for Office 365 (hotmail/ outlook) account vs a business account.

One naive way might be to see if the user account's domain name is - or, which would likely mean that it is a consumer (non-business account). Business accounts likely will have their custom domain names eg. Is there a better way to do it though? Ideally some sort of a flag in the response from the /authorize Graph API that tells my code whether the account is hosted via Exchange Online or is a regular Office 365 account?


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  1. CarlZhao-MSFT 39,736 Reputation points

    Hi @Chirag

    There are several methods to distinguish between personal and work accounts:

    • By authorization code

    The authorization code for both is an opaque string, but the authorization code for work accounts is usually long, while the authorization code for personal accounts is short.

    • By user id

    Try to call the /me endpoint and find the user id. You will find that the user id of the work account is in GUID format, and the user id of the personal account is just a string instead of GUID.

    • By access token.

    The access token for the work account uses the standard JWT format and can be decoded by The access token for the personal account is a specially encrypted token, not in JWT format.

    Hope this helps.

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