Easiest Way to Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube

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Easiest Way to Solve 3x3 Rubik's Cube
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We have all spent countless hours of childhood baffled by the popular Rubik's Cube toy. Luckily, the makers of that frustrating hunk of plastic have crafted a step-by-step, recommended solving guide for those of us who are unwilling to use the trial and error method. To solve your 3x3 Rubik's cube, follow the instructions in this article.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Solve the first step of the Rubik's cube by making a cross of white pieces on the face that has white at its centre. You will know you have solved correctly when the white cross is on top and the blue and orange edge pieces -- pieces in the middle row that display two colours -- match the blue and orange centre pieces.

  2. 2

    Hold your cube so that the newly solved white cross remains on top.

  3. 3

    Solve the white corner pieces so the edge pieces that also display blue and orange match up on their respective colour sides. When you finish this step, your cube should have one entirely complete white face, a blue side with the top row complete and an orange side with the top row complete.

  4. 4

    Hold the cube so the white layer is facing down.

  5. 5

    Rotate pieces until you create a vertical line of blue cubes. To accomplish this, rotate the top of the cube until the colour on a top edge piece matches a side centre piece.

  6. 6

    Solve for the yellow cross. If only the centre yellow piece is in place, rotate the front and top one turn clockwise, then the right side one turn clockwise. Move the top and right faces counterclockwise one turn. Finally, rotate the front face counterclockwise one turn. Afterward, if your cube has a straight line of yellow pieces across the middle, turn the front face clockwise, then the right face clockwise, then the top clockwise. Next, move the right face counterclockwise, the top face counterclockwise and the front face counterclockwise to achieve the yellow cross.

  7. 7

    Solve for the yellow corners. Turn the right face clockwise, the top face clockwise, then the right face counterclockwise. Next, turn the top face clockwise, the right face clockwise, the top clockwise twice, then the right face counterclockwise. Repeat this step once, twice or three times until the entire yellow face is completed.

  8. 8

    Move the yellow corners until the top left and top right blue and orange cubes are in the correct places. To do this, turn the right face counterclockwise, the front face clockwise, the right face counterclockwise, the back face clockwise twice, the right face clockwise, the front face counterclockwise, the right face counterclockwise, the back face clockwise twice, the right face clockwise twice, then the top face counterclockwise.

  9. 9

    Position the final yellow pieces to finish the cube.

Tips and warnings

  • When moving the top, bottom, front and back faces, move clockwise or counterclockwise as usual. For the right and left faces, clockwise will mean turning the cube away from your body while counterclockwise means you turn the cube toward your body.

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