By default all email notifications that are sent to your clients come from the Paymo email server. With the custom SMTP setting you allow the system to send emails through your own email server.
To setup your custom SMTP server settings, you need to click on Your name (bottom left corner) → Company settings → Project accounting → Custom SMTP and enter your email credentials
Once the STMP server has been set up you have the ability to test if Paymo can connect and send emails through your server. Once the connection is tested all email notifications that will reach your clients will go through your email account.