Guide: Rubik's Cube Solution

This guide presents the most common method for solving the Rubik's Cube. The guide includes illustrative animations for each step. You can watch the animations step by step at your own pace.

In this solution model, the Rubik's Cube is divided into layers, and it is not solved side by side. Solving begins by gathering the white pieces on one side as a base. Once the base is complete, continue solving from the bottom up. The steps are outlined on this page in broad strokes, and you will find detailed instructions on the dedicated page for each step.

Which Cube Should I Get?

A high-quality cube is a solid foundation for practice. While you can start with a basic model, if you aim to clock the fastest times, keep reading. Cheap no-name cubes creak and don't move the pieces properly into place. A common beginner's choice is the original Rubik’s Cube 3×3, which is easily available everywhere. More advanced models include the Moyu RS3M and GAN 356. These are fast cubes with rounded corner pieces and very smooth movement.

General Instructions

In a Rubik's Cube, there are six sides, and in this guide, they are referred to as the left side, right side, top side, bottom side, back side, and front side. The equivalents in English are typically left, right, up, down, back, and front. However, you may encounter slightly different names in both languages. The same applies to the terms for individual pieces: center piece, edge piece, and corner piece.

In this guide, abbreviations are used for the English terms, so you will encounter letters such as L, R, U, D, F, B, and so on. The abbreviations and symbols are listed here and in the instructions for the first step. English abbreviations are established and widely used worldwide.

Here are the meanings of the letters. A single letter indicates a 90° clockwise rotation of the respective side, while if there is an apostrophe (') after the letter, the side is rotated counterclockwise.

U (Up)= Top side
D (Down) = Bottom side
L (Left) = Left side
R (Right) = Right side
F (Front) = Front side
B (Back) = Back side

If there is a number 2 after the letter (e.g., U2), rotate twice, i.e., 180°.

When considering the direction of rotation, imagine you are looking directly at that side.

1. White Cross

The solution starts by arranging the white edge pieces into a cross shape so that the colors of the middle edge pieces are matching (see the image below). This step is relatively easy, and you can gain a sense of how the cube moves by maneuvering the edge pieces into place. However, there are situations where remembering a certain algorithm can help. You can find animations for all options on the page of section 1 by clicking here or the link below.

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2. White Corners

In this step, white corners are brought to their correct positions and orientations.

The goal is to get the white corner pieces into their correct positions and orientations. The corner pieces are brought to their correct positions one by one, and the moves are relatively simple, so even at this stage, it's worth trying to manipulate at least some of the corner pieces into place without relying on predefined sequences of moves.

Open Detailed Instructions for Step 2 ➔

3. Second Layer

The white side is turned downwards, and the colors of each side's edge pieces are brought into place.

Up to this point, you've had it relatively easy, but from here on, you'll need to focus. The white side is now complete and is no longer needed. You can turn the white side downwards. Moving the pieces of the second layer requires at most three different move combinations. However, the emphasis is on two move combinations: right and left. These combinations move the upper edge piece to the middle row on the right or left.

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4. Yellow Cross

Let's prepare for solving the Rubik's Cube by obtaining a yellow cross on the top surface.

Now that two layers are complete, let's begin the final phase, solving the yellow side. Solving the yellow side is divided into four different steps (4, 5, 6, and 7), the first of which is forming the yellow cross. At this stage, we don't pay attention to whether the colors of the yellow edge pieces match the colors of the adjacent side. We only aim to form a yellow cross on the top surface.

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5. Yellow Edges

Let's arrange the yellow edge pieces to their correct sides to match the colors.

Now we are at the stage where the top surface has a yellow cross. The end of the solution is in sight. At this stage, the colors of the yellow edge pieces are arranged to match the sides. Of course, it's possible that by chance the colors are already in place. If this happens, you can proceed directly to step six.

Swap the centerpieces according to the adjacent image from the left side to the front side. The sequence of moves is:

R U R’ U R U2 R’ U

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6. Yellow Corners to Correct Positions

Let's move the last pieces, the yellow corners, to their correct positions. The orientation of the pieces will be adjusted in the next step, so it's only important now that the corner pieces are in the correct positions.

Find one corner of the cube that is already in the correct position. Rotate this corner to become the correct front corner. When the cube is in the correct orientation, execute the following sequence of moves:

U R U’ L’ U R’ U’ L

Open Detailed Instructions for Step 6 ➔

7. Yellow Corners to Correct Orientation

Now that two layers are complete, let's begin the final phase, solving the yellow side. Solving the yellow side is divided into four different steps (4, 5, 6, and 7), the first of which is forming the yellow cross. At this stage, we don't pay attention to whether the colors of the yellow edge pieces match the colors of the adjacent side. We only aim to form a yellow cross on the top surface.

Open Detailed Instructions for Step 7 ➔

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