HOW TO SOLVE RUBIX CUBE

Have you ever struggled to solve a Rubik’s Cube?

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one- but this site will make it easier than ever to solve the puzzle and impress all your friends!

You won't find easier solution ever. All you have to do is learn 6 algorithms.

Just scroll down to discover how.

THE SIMPLEST METHOD

Your step-by-step guide:

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GET FAMILIAR WITH THE CUBE

Take the time to play around with the cube, and try to solve at least one face by yourself.
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NOTATION

Take the time to play around with the cube, and try to solve at least one face by yourself.
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SOLVE THE PUZZLE

By dividing the cube into 7 different layers, and taking things step by step, you’ll solve the puzzle in no time.
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PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

By continuing to practice our algorithms, you’ll eventually learn them off by heart, and won’t need any instructions to easily complete a Rubik’s Cube.

GET FAMILIAR WITH THE CUBE

Take the time to get to know how the cube works for yourself, without looking at the instructions. See how much of it you can solve by yourself. After a little practice, most people find that they are able to complete a face by themselves. After a while, you’ll start to see the following:

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FIXED CENTER PIECES

However much you rotate the faces of the cube, the pieces in the very center of each face stay the same. That center piece tells you the final color of that face.
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EDGES AND CORNERS

As well as these center pieces, the cube features 8 corner pieces, which have 3 different colors, and 12 edge pieces, which only have two.
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LAWS OF PROBABILITY

There are over 43 quintillion different potential configurations for a Rubik’s Cube- meaning you’ll never solve it by just rotating it randomly.
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A STRAIGHTFORWARD STRATEGY

Once you’ve solved one face, it’s hard to complete the rest of the puzzle without breaking what you’ve already got. By dividing the cube into multiple layers, and solving those one at a time, our algorithm ensures you complete the whole thing.

NOTATION OF THE RUBIK’S CUBE

THE ALGORITHM AS LETTERS:

The algorithm as letters: We’ve given each face of the cube an initial according to its name. A single letter means rotate the face clockwise, while an apostrophe (e.g. R’) means rotate the face counterclockwise.

F = Front

R = Right

U = Up

B = Back

L = Left

D = Down

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U = Turn the Up face 90 degrees clockwise.

F’ = Turn Front face counterclockwise.

R2 = Rotate the Right face halfway (180 degrees clockwise).

NOTATION OF THE RUBIK’S CUBE

THE ALGORITHM AS LETTERS:

The algorithm as letters: We’ve given each face of the cube an initial according to its name. A single letter means rotate the face clockwise, while an apostrophe (e.g. R’) means rotate the face counterclockwise.

F = Front

R = Right

U = Up

B = Back

L = Left

D = Down

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U = Turn the Up face 90 degrees clockwise.

F’ = Turn Front face counterclockwise.

R2 = Rotate the Right face halfway (180 degrees clockwise).

1. SOLVING THE YELLOW EDGES

First of all, you should solve the edge pieces of one color. You can do it in any order you like, but for reference purposes, we’ll be doing the yellow edges.

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CORRECT

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INCORRECT

As we already learned, the center pieces stay fixed, and dictate the color of each side. That’s why, to solve the yellow edge pieces, we need to also pay attention to the middle sides of the cube. Solving these edges is the simplest step, because you only have to pay attention to a few solved pieces, and you can just rotate the piece to its final position. That’s why we’re going to start with this step. However, here’s how to solve pieces that need a few additional moves.
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F R' D' R F2

Use this algorithm when your piece is in the right place (FU edge) but is the wrong way round.
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F' R' D' R F2

Use this when you’re unable to turn the front edge to the right spot because it wouldn’t be the right way round.
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R' D' R F2

This algorithm helps you solve the yellow edge when it is in the middle layer.

2. SOLVING THE YELLOW CORNERS

With the yellow edges in place, the next step is to solve the yellow corners to complete your first face.

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CORNERS SOLVED

Once you’re done, your cube should look like this- again, you shouldn’t need to use any algorithms at this point, and you’ll be a long way towards solving the whole puzzle when this phase is done.
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R' D' R D

If you’re having trouble getting the yellow corners in place, just use this handy algorithm above and repeat until you’ve solved the piece.

Bring the corner into position below where it belongs (Front-Right-Up corner) and repeat the above algorithm until it pops into its proper place. While this R' D' R D trick always works, it may take quite some time.

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F D F'

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R' D2 R D R' D' R

The algorithms above show how to complete the process quicker when the yellow corner is in those particular positions.

3. SOLVING THE MIDDLE LAYER

Congratulations- you’ve just completed your first side! You can go ahead and turn the cube upside down, because we don’t need to see that side any longer- instead, we’re going to focus on the middle layer now.

Up until now, you should have found things fairly easy, but things get a little trickier now, and this is where most people get stuck and give up. However, by thinking things through, and considering where each piece will end up, you’ll be able to overcome the problem.

For the middle layer, you’ll need to learn the two algorithms below. They work symmetrically to each other- the right algorithm sends that particular edge piece up to the Front-Right position from the Front-Up position, whereas the left algorithm does the same but sends the piece to the Front-Left.

RIGHT

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U R U' R' U' F' U F

LEFT

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U' L' U L U F U' F'

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U R U' R' U' F' U F - U2 - U R U' R' U' F' U F

If there’s no edge piece to insert into the middle layer, you’ll need to execute the algorithm twice to pop the piece out before going back to the first step. See example above.

4. THE TOP CROSS

Now that we’ve got the middle rows taken care of, it’s time to form a white cross on the top of the cube, before we tackle the corners. The side colors might not match up, but that doesn’t matter, because we will handle that in step 5.
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When you reach this point, you’ll find you have one of the above configurations on the top, white side of your cube. Just repeat the following algorithm until you’ve reached the cross configuration that we’re aiming for.

F R U R' U' F'

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DOT

If only the center piece is in place, then you’ll need to use the algorithm three times to complete the cross. Make sure you reorient your cube before the next step so the “L” shape is the right way round.
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"L" SHAPE

Ensure that the back and left edges are the ones that are white. If you want to skip straight to the cross, use the algorithm F U R U’ R’ F’.
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LINE

You’re just one step away from completing the cross!
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CROSS

With this step complete, you’re ready to enter the final stages of solving the cube.

5. SWAPPING THE LAST LAYER EDGES

While we’ve completed the cross on the top of the cube, chances are that the white edges don’t
match up with the side colors just yet.

To do so, we need to use the following algorithm, which swaps around the Front-Up and Left-Up
edges:

R U R' U R U2 R' U

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This algorithm only works with adjacent pieces- for opposite edges, complete the algorithm once, rotate the cube to the position shown above, and then complete the algorithm again.

6. POSITIONING THE LAST LAYER CORNERS

We’re almost done with our Rubik’s Cube now- all that’s left is to solve the white corners, which will take two steps. Firstly, we’ll
need to position them- orienting them will be our final step.
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U R U' L' U R' U' L

This algorithm will cycle the corners as marked on the above image, keeping the Front-Right-Up corner fixed in place. Once you’ve reached this point, check for corner pieces which are positioned correctly. If you find one, move the cube around so that that piece is in the safe, Front-Right-Up position. You may have to use the algorithm twice to get the pieces where they are meant to be. If none of the white corners are where they are supposed to be, then complete the algorithm once more and check- one of the corners will now be in place.

7. SOLVING THE CUBE!

At this point, everything is where it is supposed to be except the white corners. To finish the cube, we’ll use the same algorithm that we used all the way back in step 2 when we were solving the yellow corners:
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R’ D’ R D

By holding the cube with the white corner you’ll be working on in the Front-Right-Up spot, repeat the above algorithm until this
piece is in the right position.
Next, turn only the Up face to position another wrong white corner in the same spot. Then, repeat the algorithm until that
piece is solved, and then do the same for the last two corners.
In between moves, you might think that you’ve messed up the final puzzle, but don’t worry- all will become clear with the white
corners in place.
With that done, congratulations- you now know how to complete a Rubik’s Cube, and can use your newfound knowledge to
impress friends and family!

SUMMARY

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LEARN NOTATION

Front, Right, Up, Left, Down, Back

R – Right clockwise

U’ – Up inverted

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1. YELLOW EDGES

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A. F R’ D’ R F2

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B. F’ R’ D’ R F2

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C. R’ D’ R F2

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2. THE YELLOW CORNERS

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A. R’ D’ R D

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B. F D F’

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C. R’ D2 R D R’ D’ R

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3. THE MIDDLE LAYER

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RIGHT – U R U’ R’ U’ F’ U F

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LEFT –U’ L’ U L U F U’ F’

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NO EDGE PIECE

U R U’ R’ U’ F’ U F – U2 – U R U’ R’ U’ F’ U F

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LEARN NOTATION

Front, Right, Up, Left, Down, Back

R – Right clockwise

U’ – Up inverted

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1. YELLOW EDGES

A.  F R’ D’ R F2
B. F’ R’ D’ R F2
C. R’ D’ R F2
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2. THE YELLOW CORNERS

A. R’ D’ R D
B. F D F’
C. R’ D2 R D R’ D’ R
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3. THE MIDDLE LAYER

RIGHT – U R U’ R’ U’ F’ U F
LEFT –U’ L’ U L U F U’ F’
NO EDGE PIECE
U R U’ R’ U’ F’ U F – U2 – U R U’ R’ U’ F’ U F
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4. THE TOP CROSS

U' R' U' F' U F - U2 - U R U' R' U' F' U F

1. DOT
2. SHAPE-“L”
3.CROSS
4.LINE
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5. THE LAST LAYER EDGES

R U R' U R U2 R' U

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6. THE LAST LAYER CORNERS

U R U' L' U R' U' L

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7. SOLVING THE CUBE!

R’ D’ R D

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4. THE TOP CROSS

U' R' U' F' U F - U2 - U R U' R' U' F' U F

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1.DOT

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2.SHAPE-“L”

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3.CROSS

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4.LINE

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5. THE LAST LAYER EDGES

R U R' U R U2 R' U

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6. THE LAST LAYER CORNERS

U R U' L' U R' U' L

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7. SOLVING THE CUBE!

R’ D’ R D

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