Instructions to Solve the Rubik's Cube Puzzle

Updated February 21, 2017

The Rubik's Cube started as a working model to explain three-dimensional geometry and turned into a best-selling toy. The Rubik's Cube was introduced in the United States in 1980, three years after it was first sold in Hungary. Since its invention, the Rubik's Company says more than 300 million Cubes have been sold around the world. Solving the puzzle has baffled some people while others brag about their ability to line up all the colours on the cube. For those having trouble, the Rubik's company offers a methodology for cracking the cube or turning each side so it is one solid colour.

Hold your Rubik's Cube so the side with a white centre square is facing up.

Move the rows of cubes until the white squares form a cross shape on the top of the cube. To achieve this, move the edge piece that is blue on one side and white on the other side to the bottom of the cube. Next, rotate it to the right so the piece is under a blue square. Rotate the far right row of the Rubik's Cube upwards until the white squares are in place. Move the top row in a circle until the white squares are in place.

Find the four remaining white squares on the cube. The white squares will be on corner pieces. Rotate the corners so the white squares are on the bottom row, facing upwards. The white squares need to be rotated to the top of the Rubik's Cube to fill in the corners next to the white cross. Move the rows with the remaining white squares until the white squares are in place. The top of your Rubik's Cube should now be solid white.

Turn the Rubik's Cube around so the white layer is on the bottom. You are now attempting to line up the bottom rows so each side shows one solid colour in the two lowest rows. Create a vertical line on one side of the cube by rotating the top of the cube until the front piece on the edge of the top matches the centre piece. Next, rotate the vertical line until it is horizontal. Move the remaining rows into place until the bottom two rows on each side are the same, solid colour.

Create a yellow cross on the top of the cube. Begin by moving the yellow squares into position and rotating any lines in the top row until the yellow squares make a cross.

Move the remaining yellow squares into the corners of the top, creating a solid, yellow colour instead of a cross. Rotate the top row of squares until the top of the Rubik's Cube is solid yellow. Fill in one corner at a time and once you have a solid line of yellow, rotate that edge of the cube to the back and move the other rows until you have another solid yellow row. Continue to rotate the cube until the entire top is yellow. Once the top is completed, the rest of your sides should also be solid colours and you have solved the Rubik's Cube.


Solving the Rubik's Cube can be complicated and may take several attempts. Continue to follow the steps, and you will solve the puzzle.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubik's Cube (standard 3-by-3, six colour version)
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Jamie Farber started writing professionally in 2000. Her work has appeared in several newspapers, including "The Grand Rapids Press," "The Advance" and "The Wooster Daily Record," as well as in several local magazines and on various websites. Farber holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The College of Wooster.