Photo Party Upload gives you the option to send emails through your own email service provider and with your own email address. When using your own custom server, you can ensure the reliability of the server, avoid overloaded traffic, and help avoid spam filters. SendGrid is another email service provider that can be used in tandem with your email account to send lots of emails during an event. This tutorial will instruct you on how to integrate SendGrid with Photo Party Upload. For further explanation and links to additional resources (provided by SendGrid) click HERE.

If you have your own email server (usually provided by your web host) you don't have to use SendGrid. Simply enter your server credentials as shown in step 2. Your email service provider will have more information about the correct Host and Port number to use.

Steps for Sendgrid Email Hosting


Go to and create an account. There is a free option that allows you to send up to 16,000 emails per month at no charge. Your account will be reviewed by their team before it is activated. This may take several business days.


Once your account is activated go to your event settings at In the "Sharing" tab select "Email" at the top of the page. Under Custom Mail Server at the bottom of the page, enter the Host as, the Port as 587, and check Enable SSL.

For the user name and password you must use apikey as the user name and your actual API key as the password. As of Q4 2020 Sendgrid no longer supports basic authentication with username and password for smtp emails.

For information on how to get an API key, see this article from Sengrid (You will also have to activate Two-Factor Authentication for your account):


Save your event and refresh your helper. Your emails should now be sent through SendGrid.