1. White Cross

The solution begins by forming the white edge pieces into a cross shape so that the colors of the middle edge pieces match (see the image below). This step is relatively easy, and you can gain a sense of how the Rubik's Cube moves by maneuvering the edge pieces into place. At the same time, you'll start to understand how the pieces move within the cube. However, using certain sequences of moves can sometimes be helpful. Common problem situations and sequences of moves to solve them are listed below. Additionally, the meanings of the symbols used in the guide are summarized.

What do the abbreviations mean?

The meanings of the most common symbols in this guide. Not all of these are used, and some are applied in specific ways.

Move sequences for the first stage

"Clockwise or counterclockwise rotation is always viewed from the front of the side being turned. This can be challenging at first, especially with the cube's bottom. The guide contains numerous helpful animations, where you can follow the progress of the move sequence at the bottom of each animation. The animations help internalize the direction and side of each turn with each letter. You can also pause the animation at any point and rewind it slowly, one move at a time.

Rotation of the center piece

The first puzzling issue that often arises is this one. Three white edge pieces are in place and the fourth one is in the correct position but flipped. However, there is always a move sequence to rotate the piece. Turn the side facing the piece to the front side and execute the following move sequence:

F U’ R U

Alariviltä oikealle paikalle

In the next scenario, the white edge piece is on the front side but incorrectly oriented on the bottom layer. It cannot be simply flipped onto the top layer. However, it's easy to move the piece into its correct position from there using the previously modified move sequence F’U’RU.

F’ U’ R U

Kääntö oikealta ylös

The white edge piece is correctly positioned but oriented incorrectly on the right side. It cannot be simply flipped onto the top layer. With a series of three moves, the piece can be moved into place.

U’ R U

Kääntö vasemmalta ylös

The white edge piece is on the left side but oriented incorrectly. It cannot be simply flipped onto the top layer. With a series of three moves, the piece can be moved into place.

U L’ U’

Kääntö vasemmalta ylös

If the white piece is in the middle row on the back side, this move will bring it up.

U’ R’ U

If everything went as planned, you should now have a white cross with the edge pieces matching the colors of the adjacent sides. This is a good start!

Proceed to step 2. White Corners.