There are several ways to integrate PHP with mobile apps:

1. RESTful API: One common approach is to create a RESTful API using PHP’s frameworks such as Laravel or Slim. The mobile app can then make HTTP requests to the API to retrieve and send data.

2. Firebase: Firebase is a mobile platform by Google that provides various services such as real-time database, hosting, authentication, and cloud messaging. Firebase has SDKs for both iOS and Android, and it can be easily integrated with PHP backend.

3. Webviews: In some cases, mobile apps use webviews to display web content within the app. In this scenario, you can create PHP-powered web pages that the webview loads and interacts with.

4. Push Notifications: PHP can be used to send push notifications to mobile apps using services like Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) or Apple Push Notification Service (APNS). These notifications can be triggered by events on the server-side like new messages or updates.

5. Data synchronization: If you need to synchronize data between the mobile app and the PHP backend, you can use mechanisms like JSON data exchange or websockets to keep the data in sync.

When integrating PHP with mobile apps, it’s important to consider security measures such as implementing token-based authentication or using HTTPS for secure communication. It’s also recommended to handle errors and exceptions gracefully and provide proper API documentation for mobile app developers to consume the API effectively.