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Rubik's cube solving



This page explains how to solve a 3x3x3 cube.

This cube is the most famous of the cubes and has a total of 3 x 3 = 9 faces per side. Each side
is made up of 1 center, 4 edges, and 4 corners. With 6 sides this makes for 6 centers, 24 edges,
and 24 corners, for a grand total of 54 faces. Each center is alone, each edge is paired with 1
other edge, and each corner is paired with 2 other corners. This makes for a grand total of
6 + 12 + 8 = 26 blocks.

The pictures show you how to go about solving the cube. The solution assumes you have at least
some basic knowledge of how to handle the cube, so not all of the basic steps are shown. Make
sure you always have the exact correct orientation or the supplied moves will not work properly.

Remember to first check the general instructions page if you're new to my solutions.


Steps to solve the 3x3x3 cube

Do the 4 top edges Step 1
Result
Do 3 of the 4 top corners Step 2a
F  D'  F'
Step 2b
R'  D  R
Step 2c
R'  D2  R  D'  R'  D  R
Step 2d
Result
Turn the cube upside down and use the incorrect corner cube to do 3 of the 4 center edges Step 3a
F'  U  F
Step 3b
R  U'  R'
Step 3c
Result
Do 3 of the 4 top edges Step 4a
U  F'  U'  F
Step 4b
Result
Do the 4th top edge and 4th center edge Step 5a
U'  F'  U'  F  U'  F'  U'  F  U'
Step 5b
R  U'  R'  U  F'  U  F  U'
Step 5c
Result
Put the remaining corners in the correct spot (orientation is not important) Step 06a
L'  D2  L
<choose next U corner>
L'  D2  L
Step 06a
Result
Put a clockwise corner in the left top and a counterclockwise corner in the right top Step 07a
L'  D2  L  F'  D2  F
 U
 F'  D2  F  L'  D2  L  U'
Step 07b
Result