How To Solve A Rubik's Cube

This is the easiest solution. You only have to learn 6 moves!

Don't worry, this is not cheating. 99.9% can't solve the Rubik's Cube without help ;)

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Brain activity required!

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The Easiest Method

We will learn this step by step:

1
Experiment

Play with your cube and get familiar with it. Try to solve the white face without reading this tutorial.

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2
Notation

Learn the letters which are used to mark the rotations of the faces to describe the algorithms.

Notation
3
The Solution

We divide the Rubik's Cube into 7 layers and solve each group not messing up the solved pieces.

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4
Practice

Practice the moves, memorize the algorithms until you can solve the Rubik's Cube without help.

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Discover the Rubik's Cube

Spend some time playing with the puzzle to familiarize with it before you read this solution tutorial and see how far you can get without help. Most people can solve one face after spending some time with the cube.


A few things you might notice:

 

Fixed Center Pieces
Fixed Center Pieces

Notice that no matter what kind of face rotation you do, the center pieces always stay in the same position. They determine the color of each face.

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Edges And Corners

Beside the fixed center pieces the cube is composed of 8 corner pieces with 3 stickers and 12 edge pieces with two stickers.

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Too Many Cases

There are so many possible configurations (over 43 quintillion) that it would be impossible to solve it by randomly turning the faces until it's all done.

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The Strategy

It's hard not to break the solved pieces while fixing new ones. We need to divide the cube into layers and use algorithms in each step which don't break the finished parts.

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Notation

The Letters In The Algorithms

We've marked the six faces of the cube with the initials of their names.

rubiks cube notation

FFront RRight
UUp LLeft

We are not going to use the D (down) and B (back) faces in this tutorial.

A letter by itself means a clockwise rotation of the face while a counterclockwise turn is marked with an apostrophe.

U Quarter clockwise turn on the Up face (90°).
F' Front face counterclockwise turn.
R2 Double rotation on the Right face.

Click the buttons to see the animated rotations in action.

Clockwise face rotations:
U
L
F
R
B
D
Counterclockwise face rotations:
U'
L'
F'
R'
B'
D'
 
And now we're prepared to learn the solution!
 
Introduction and notation » White face » First two layers » Yellow edges » Finish corners

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