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ZTE S523 User manual
To protect your mobile phone from illegal use, take
the security measures as follows:
 Set PIN codes of the SIM card.
 Set handset lock code.
 Set call restrictions.
Version No.: R1.0
Edition Time: 2014.01.15
Safety Precautions
This section includes some important information on safe
and efficient operation. Please read this information before
using the phone.
Operational Precautions
Please use your phone properly. When making or
receiving a call, please hold your phone as holding a
wireline telephone. Make sure that the phone is at
least one inch (about two point f ive centimeters)
from your body when transmitting.
Do not touch the antenna when the phone is in use.
Touching the antenna area affects call quality and
may cause the phone to operate at a higher power
level than needed.
Mobile Phone
The manual is published by ZTE Corporation. We reserve the
right to make modifications on print errors or update
specifications without prior notice.
No part of this publication may be excerpted, reproduced,
translated or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic
or mechanical, including photocopying and microfilm, without
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Copyright © 2012 ZTE CORPORATION.
All rights reserved.
Some people may be susceptible to epileptic seizures
or blackouts when exposed to flashing lights, such as
when watching television or playing video games. If
you have experienced seizures or blackouts, or if you
have a family history of such occurrences, please
consult your doctor before playing video games on
your phone or enabling a flashing-light feature on
your phone. (The flashing-light feature is not
available on all products.)
Keep the phone out of the reach of small children.
The phone may cause injury if used as a toy.
Precautions While Driving
Please pay attention to the traff ic safety. Check the
laws and regulations on the use of your phone in the
area where you drive. Always obey them.
Use hands-free function of the phone, if available.
Pull off the road and park before making or
answering a call if conditions require.
Precautions for Medical Devices and Facilities
User Manual
When using your phone near pacemakers, please
always keep the phone more than eight inches (about
twenty centimeters) from the pacemaker when the
phone is switched on. Do not carry the phone in the
breast pocket. Use the ear opposite the pacemaker to
minimize the potential for interference. Switch off the
phone immediately if necessary.
Some phones may interfere with some hearing aids.
In the event of such interference, you may consult
your hearing aids manufacturer to discuss
If you use any other personal medical device, please
consult the manufacturer of your device to determine
if it is adequately shielded from RF (radio frequency)
In those facilities with special demand, such as
hospital or health care facilities, please pay attention
to the restriction on the use of mobile phone. Switch
off your phone if required.
Please use original accessories or accessories
approved by the phone manufacturer. Using any
unauthorized accessories may affect your mobile
phone’s performance, damage your phone or even
cause danger to your body and violate related local
regulations about telecom terminals.
Turn off your phone before you clean it. Use a damp
or anti-static cloth to clean the phone. Do not use a
dry cloth or electrostatically charged cloth. Do not
use chemical or abrasive cleaners as these could
damage the phone.
As your mobile phone can produce electromagnetic
f ield, do not place it near magnetic items such as
computer disks.
 The phone cannot be used at an altitude higher than 2000
 To prevent possible hearing damage,
do not listen at high volume levels
for long periods.
Precautions for Potentially Explosive
 Switch off your phone prior to entering any area with
potentially explosive atmospheres, such as fueling areas,
fuel or chemical transfer or storage facilities.
 Do not remove, install, or charge batteries in such areas.
Spark in a potentially explosive atmosphere can cause an
explosion or fire resulting in bodily injury or even death.
 To avoid possible interference with blasting operations,
switch off your phone when you are near electrical blasting
caps, in a blasting area, or in areas posted “Turn off
electronic devices”. Obey all signs and instructions.
Precautions for Electronic Devices
 Some electronic devices are susceptible to electromagnetic
interference sent by mobile phone if inadequately shielded,
such as electronic system of vehicles. Please consult the
manufacturer of the device before using the phone if
Using the phone near electrical appliances such as TV,
telephone, radio and personal computer can cause
Do not expose your mobile phone to direct sunlight or
store it in hot areas. High temperatures can shorten
the life of electronic devices.
The phone's normal operating temperature is -10℃ ~
40℃ .In order to ensure the normal phone functions,
do not use this phone outside the temperature range.
Keep your phone dry. Any liquid may damage your
Do not drop, knock or harshly treat the phone. Rough
handling can break internal circuit boards.
Do not connect the phone with any incompatible
Do not attempt to disassemble the mobile phone or
Do not store the phone with flammable or explosive
Do not charge the mobile phone without battery.
 Adapter :Adapter shall be installed near the equipment
and shall be easily accessible.
Safety and General Use in Vehicles
 Safety airbag, brake, speed control system and oil eject
system shouldn’t be affected by wireless transmission. If
you do meet problems above, please contact your
automobile provider. Do not place your phone in the area
over an airbag or in the airbag deployment area. Airbags
inflate with great force. If a phone is placed in the airbag
deployment area and the airbag inflates, the phone may
be propelled with great force and cause serious injury to
occupants of the vehicle.
 Please turn off your mobile phone at a refueling point, and
the same to the place where the use of two-way radio is
Battery Use
 Do not short-circuit the battery, as this can cause the unit
to overheat or ignite.
 Do not store battery in hot areas or throw it into fire.
Otherwise, it will cause explosion.
 Do not disassemble or refit the battery. Otherwise, it will
cause liquid leakage, overheating, explosion and ignition of
the battery.
 Please store the battery in a cool dry place if you don’t use
it for a long period.
 The battery can be recharged for hundreds of times, but it
will eventually wear out. When the operating time (talk
time and idle time) is noticeably shorter than normal, it is
time to replace it with a new one.
 Please stop using the charger and battery when they are
damaged or show evidence of aging.
 Return the worn-out battery to the provider or dispose of it
in accordance with environment regulations. Do not
dispose of it in household rubbish.
 Please use original batteries or batteries approved by the
phone manufacturer. Using any unauthorized battery may
affect your handset performance or may cause danger of
explosion, etc.
Warning: If the battery is damaged, do not discharge it. If
the leakage does come into contact with the eyes or skin,
wash thoroughly in clean water and consult a doctor.
Navigation keys
and Centre key
soft keys
Charger/USB Jack
Send key
Limitation of Liability
ZTE shall not be liable for any loss of profits or indirect, special,
incidental or consequential damages resulting from or arising
out of or in connection with using this product, whether or not
ZTE had been advised, knew or should have known the
possibility of such damages. The user should refer to the
enclosed warranty card for full warranty and service information.
Note: The pictures and icons shown in the manual are just
schematic drawings for function demonstration. If they are
inconsistent with your handset, please take your handset as
the standard. If the inconsistency exits in the manual
because of the handset function updating, please refer to
the follow-up public information from ZTE CORPORATION.
 Please turn off your mobile phone before the airplane
takes off. In order to protect airplane’s communication
system from interference, it is forbidden to use mobile
phone in flight. Safety regulations require you to have
permission from a crew member to use your phone while
the plane is on the ground.
 If the mobile phone has the function of automatic timing
power-on, please check your alarm setting to make sure
that your phone will not be automatically turned on during
End/Power key
numeric keys
# key
* key
Aircraft Safety
Key Functions
Left soft key
Performs the function indicated at the left
bottom of the screen.
Right soft key
Performs the function indicated at the right
bottom of the screen.
Centre key
Press to confirm actions and make
Navigation keys
These keys (UP, DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT)
allow for navigation through menu options
and quick accessing to some function
Send key
Press to dial a phone number or answer a
call, or view the call history in the idle
End/Power key
Press to exit to the standby mode.
Hold to switch on/off the phone.
Alpha numeric keys
Press to enter characters 0-9 and the
alphabets from a-z.
Note: In this User Manual, “press a key” means to press
the key and release it immediately, while “hold a key”
means to press the key for at least two seconds and then
release it.
Locking and Unlocking the Keypad
In the standby mode, press the Left soft key and then
press the * key within two seconds to unlock the keypad.
Locking the keypad can prevent unintentional operations on it.
You can answer an incoming call with the regular operation
when the keypad is locked.
Interface icons
Signal strength
Missed Call
Battery status
Keypad locked
Alarm clock set
Inserting the SIM/SD card
SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module) is a micro-chip that
holds your personal information such as names and phone
numbers. Your phone won’t work without it. If you already
have contacts on your SIM card, they can be transferred in
most cases.
Insert the SIM and memory card as follows:
1. Make sure that the phone is switched off and the charger is
disconnected from the phone.
2. Turn the phone over and remove the battery cover.
3. Hold your SIM card with the cut corner oriented as shown
and then slide it into the card holder with the metal
contacts facing downward.
2. Connect the other end of the travel adapter to the mains
3. When the battery is fully charged, disconnect the charger.
Powering your phone on/off
Make sure that your SIM card is in your mobile phone and that
the battery is charged.
Hold the End/Power key to power on/off the phone. The
phone will automatically search for the network when
switched on.
Turning the torch on/off
In the standby mode, hold the 0 key can turn on or off the
Writing text
The lithiumion battery of the mobile phone can be
immediately used after unpacking.
Installing and removing the battery
1. Make sure that your phone is off and remove the battery
Insert the SIM card
4. Insert the memory card with the metal contacts facing
down until it clicks to the right position.
2. Insert the battery by aligning the metal contacts with the
contacts in the battery slot. And then Push down the
upper section of the battery until it clicks into place.
To remove the battery, pull it up and remove from mobile
3. Replace the battery cover and close it gently until you hear a
Change input mode: Press the # key to change the input
Input Letters: press the corresponding letter to enter desired
characters. It does not work in numeric (123) mode.
Input Digits: In numeric mode, press digit key once to
input a digit.
Input Symbol: Press the * key to enter symbol mode,
select the required symbol (common symbols) by pressing
the Navigation keys and then press the Left soft key
or Centre key to confirm it.
Input Space: Press the 0 key to input space. It does not
work in numeric (123) mode.
Delete Character: Press the Right soft key to clear a
character. Hold the Right soft key to delete all characters
and clear the display.
Move Cursor to Left or Right: Among the text, press the
Left/Right navigation keys to move the cursor to left
or right.
How to add contact to the Phonebook
Remove the battery cover
Push down the battery
5. Fix the battery cover till you hear the click sound.
Note: You can use memory card to expand the storage of the
phone. You can store or copy files such as music and so on.
Do not take out the card or switch off the phone while
transmitting or storing data, which may cause data loss or
damage to the phone or the card.
Charging the battery
Replace the battery cover
Pull up the battery from here
Your phone is powered by a rechargeable battery. For
maximum battery performance, it is recommended that you
first use up the battery power and then charge it completely.
A new battery’s full performance is achieved only after three
complete charge and discharge cycles.
1. Connect your travel adapter to the right of your mobile
Sending and receiving messages
You can use your mobile phone to send and receive
 Send a message
1. Go to Menu > Messaging >Write message >
Text/Multimedia message.
2. Write your message. For more information on input
method, see section ‘Text Input’. When you write
an SMS, press Options → Send to, and edit the
recipient. When you write an MMS, you can edit To,
Cc, Bcc, Subject and content. In content field, you
can select Options and then choose add picture,
sound, video, attachment and so on.
3. When you finish writing an SMS/MMS, select
Options to send or save the message.
Insert the memory card
To call someone: Go to Menu> Phonebook . Use the
Up/Down keys to find the name of the person you want to
call. You can also type in the first letter of the name of the
person you want to call to find the right name, and press the
Send key.
 To receive a call, press the Send key.
 To end a call, press the End/Power key.
 To reject a call, press the End/Power key.
Make sure that you are in an area with sufficient coverage to
make calls. The strength of the network signal is indicated on
the Status Bar of the screen.
There are some numbers that you may want to call again and
again, so it makes sense to add these numbers to your
Phonebook. You can then access these numbers quickly and
1. Go to Menu>Phonebook>Add new contact.
2. Edit the information and save it.
 You can also save a number right after you’ve made or
received a phone call or a text message from someone
who is not yet in your Phonebook list.
 To delete someone from your Phonebook list, first select
the name, then select Options>Delete.
How to make and receive calls
The most basic way to make a call is to input the number in
the standby mode and press the Send key. You can also
make a call from the Phonebook list.
How to set your phone
You can adjust various settings of your phone. Go to
 Phone settings: Select language, set input methods and
display, etc.
 Network settings: Set to automatically or manually select
 Security settings: Set security features to protect you from
unauthorized use of your phone and SIM card.
 Restore factory settings: Enter the phone password to
restore to the factory settings. Some personal information
might be lost if you use this function, so be careful.
Note: You may be required to input the phone password in
some of the security settings interfaces. The default password is
1234. You also can change the password in Settings.
The Bluetooth devices must be paired before the
communication is performed.
1. Go to Menu> Settings >Connectivity>Bluetooth. You
can turn on or off Bluetooth on your phone.
Receive a message
Upon receiving a message, the mobile phone will alert
you with a ringtone, prompt, or a new message icon.
1. Press View to enter the Inbox directly and then press
the Center key to open the message.
2. Use the Up/Down keys to view the message.
3. While the message is open, use Options to reply,
delete, or forward the message. You can also call
back the sender.
How to set User profiles
Go to Menu>Settings>Profiles. You can select
Options>Activate/ Customize to activate/edit a profile.
How to view Call history
Go to Menu>Call center>Call history.
Dialled calls, Received calls and Missed calls are saved in Call
history. If the records are full, the earliest saved records will
be deleted.
Also, you can delete call logs in Call history.
How to configure Call settings
Go to Menu>Call center>Call settings.
You can set Call waiting, Call divert and Call barring and so on.
Go to Menu> Fun > Games.
Your mobile phone has classic games. Select a game and start
it, you can view help to see the rules of the game.
Note: please take your handset as the standard.
How to take a photo
Go to Menu> Multimedia> Camera.
1. To take a photo: aim the camera at the object and then press
the Center key to take the shot.
2. Configure camera: press the Left soft key to configure
your camera.
How to play music
Go to Menu> Multimedia >Audio player. You can play the
audio in the memory card.
Note: Before using this function, you must insert the memory
card first.
When Bluetooth is on, the
icon will appear in the
status bar.
2. Go to My device >Search new device to search other
Bluetooth-enabled devices and list them.
3. Select the desired device name in the list and press Pair.
How to play games
4. Enter the wireless password, and then press OK. When the
opposite party enters the same password, the connection
will be established.
Note: Go to Visibility, you can choose to be visible or not.
When your phone is visible, and the Bluetooth is turned on, all
other Bluetooth-enabled devices within range can detect your
How to use FM radio
Go to Menu> FM radio.
With the radio, you can search for radio channels and
listen to them. In the FM radio interface, you can press
the */# keys to adjust volume, press the Left/Right
keys to tune the frequency, and press the Center key
to pause. Select Options to enter the submenu.
Note: please take your handset as the standard.
Go to Menu>Tools
 Alarm
You can view, and edit the alarm clocks settings. You can also
enable or disable the alarms, or set the corresponding
features of the alarm according to instructions.
 Calendar
Enter the Calendar, the calendar of the current month will be
displayed on the screen and the current date will be marked
by a background box in a special colour.
Go to Menu > Services. In Services you can use the
SIM card Toolkit (STK) services are value-added services
provided by your network provider.
Your mobile phone supports STK service, but if your SIM card
and network provider do not support the service, these
functions can’t be used.
File manager
Go to Menu>File manager. You can check all the folders in
the memory card, create new ones or rename, delete the
folders, etc.
Note: When you select Format, the data will be lost, so
please be careful with this function.
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