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A simple beginners solution of the Rubiks Cube

There are several ways to solve the Rubik's Cube.
This description solves it as three layers: top, middle and bottom.


Fixed blocks and cube colors

Remember all center-blocks are attached to each other.
So those blocks can not be replaced in the process.
green
is normally attached to
blue

white
is normally attached to
yellow

red
is normally attached to
orange

The cube can be solved the following way

1.
Choose a color to solve first.
2.
Make a cross by solving four edge-blocks in the top layer.
3.
Solve the four remaining corner-blocks in the top layer.
4.
Solve the four edge-blocks in the middle layer.
5.
If needed, Solve the cross in the bottom layer.
6.
If needed, Replace the four corner-blocks in the bottom layer.
7.
If needed, Turn/flip the four remaining corner-blocks in the bottom layer.
Note: It might happen that a step is already solved. Just go to the next step...


Twelve ways to move on the cube

01.
Front (Left)  
02.
Front (Right)  
03.
Left (Up)  
04.
Left (Down)  
05.
Right (Up)  
06.
Right (Down)  
07.
Top (Left)  
08.
Top (Right)  
09.
Bottom (Left)  
10.
Bottom (Right)  
11.
Bottom (Right) x2  
12.
Front (Right) x2  

Solving the top layer (layer 1)


Cross in the top layer
Choose a color to solve first (in this example green). Then move four edge blocks in place, so that colors are matching green and the color of the four other center blocks in the middle layer. Colors must match both center blocks because the those blocks are fixed as mentioned above. Use the yet unused bottom layer to move around blocks and turn them as needed to fit in the top layer. When the cross are in place then comes the corner blocks in the top layer.

Corner blocks in the top layer
When the cross is in place, then look for corner blocks that matches the color of three center blocks, including the color in the top layer (in this example still green). Still use the unused bottom layer to move around blocks and turn them as needed to fit in the top layer. When all four corner blocks are in place along with the cross, then the first layer of the cube is solved.

Solving the middle layer (layer 2)

Methods to place an edge block in the middle layer to either left or right side of a center block. Keep solved layer held upwards and the lined up color towards you during this step.

Inserting an edge-block to the left of a center block
Look for an edge-block in the bottom layer that has the same colors as two center blocks in the middle layer, and line up the block in the bottom layer, as seen in the image. Then use the method below to move the block from the bottom to the left side of the center block in the middle layer. In this example we look for an orange and yellow block in the bottom layer and moving it to below the yellow center block.


Inserting an edge-block to the right of a center block
Look for an edge-block in the bottom layer that has the same colors as two center blocks in the middle layer, and line up the block in the bottom layer, as seen in the image. Then use the method below to move the block from the bottom to the right side of the center block in the middle layer. In this example we look for an orange and white block in the bottom layer and moving it to below the white center block.


Top and middle layer now solved
Next to solve the remaining bottom layer of the cube.

Solving the bottom layer (layer 3)

There are three possible steps to complete the final layer of the cube. First make a cross (in the bottom), then move corners to the right place (so that colors are matching the conter-blocks). Finally turn/flip those corner-blocks if needed. After this the cube should be solved.

Cross in the bottom layer
From this step the bottom layer is now held upwards. Use the method below to move around the four edge block in the unsolved layer. Keep repeating until there is a cross that again matches colors with the center blocks as seen in the image. When the four edge blocks are in place, only four blocks (or less) should be left to solve.


Replacing the remaining corner-blocks (if needed)
Keep holding third layer upwards. Use method below to replace three of the remaining four corner blocks in the remaining layer. The corner that is now behind in the top layer to the left will not be exchanged/turned. The three other cornes will. When all three colors of each corner-block matches the colors of all three center-blocks, then this step is completed and finally use the next step to turn them if needed.


Turning/flipping the remaining corner-blocks (if needed)
Keep holding third layer upwards and the first corner that needs to be turned towards you (at the right hand side). Repeat the following steps until that corner are in place, and then turn the top layer to the next corner that needs to be turned. After a few repeats of this, the whole cube should be solved.

Turn/flip a single corner-block:
Move the top to the next corner that needs to be turned:

Rubik's cube page history

2004: First release of this page at mbsnet.dk web site.
2010: Moved the page to this domain.
2018: Updated the page, more text and larger graphics.

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Morten B. S.
---------> Good Luck :)