How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Solving a Rubik’s Cube can be a fun and rewarding challenge. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to solve it using the beginner’s method:

Notation Key:

  • F: Front face (the side facing you).
  • B: Back face (the side opposite the front).
  • L: Left face.
  • R: Right face.
  • U: Upper face (the top).
  • D: Down face (the bottom).

Step 1: White Cross

  1. White Cross: Solve the white cross on the white face by placing white edge pieces correctly.
    • Look for white edge pieces and align them with the center white piece, making a “cross” shape.

Step 2: First Layer

  1. First Layer Corners: Solve the white corners in the first layer.
    • Match the white corner pieces with the corresponding color on the adjacent sides.

Step 3: Second Layer

  1. Middle Layer Edges: Solve the middle layer edges.
    • Find an edge piece with no yellow and align it with its matching center.

Step 4: Yellow Cross

  1. Yellow Cross: Make a yellow cross on the yellow face.
    • This step involves algorithms to manipulate the cube’s orientation and get the yellow cross.

Step 5: Yellow Corners

  1. Position Yellow Corners: Get the yellow corners in the right places.
    • Use algorithms to correctly position the yellow corners.

Step 6: Orient Yellow Corners

  1. Orient Yellow Corners: Turn the yellow corners into their correct orientation.
    • Apply algorithms to ensure all yellow stickers are facing up.

Step 7: Solve the Final Layer

  1. Final Layer Edges: Get the final layer edges in their correct positions.
    • Use algorithms to position the final layer edges.
  2. Final Layer Corners: Correctly position the final layer corners.
    • Use algorithms to solve the final layer corners.

Congratulations, you’ve solved the Rubik’s Cube!


  • Practice and repetition will improve your solving time.
  • Memorizing algorithms and understanding cube notation will help speed up the process.
  • Be patient and don’t get discouraged if it takes time to master. It’s a challenging puzzle!

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