• Get to Know Your Rubik's Cube

## How to Use this Guide

• You will be learning the layered method to solve the Rubik’s® Cube. After you learn this method, you can add speed cubing moves when you are ready.

• Throughout the guide you will see this symbol to indicate helpful tips. Take the time to read the tips closely.

• The gray areas on the Rubik’s Cube mean that at the stage you are working on, the color of the gray pieces doesn’t matter.

## Tips for Success

• Mindset is critical - learning to solve the Rubik’s Cube is difficult but if you persevere, you CAN solve the Rubik’s Cube.

• Keep the Rubik’s Cube on a table or use a mat like the one on www.YouCanDoTheCube.com to maintain the same front face for an entire algorithm (sequence of moves).

• Think of the algorithms as moving a piece out of the way, setting up its correct position, and then moving the piece into that place.

• Master one layer by re-scrambling your Rubik’s Cube and practicing multiple times before moving on to the next layer. (Note: When solving the last layer, you can scramble just the top by applying the algorithm on Solve the Final Layer , Step1, Action 1.

• Place a small sticky note on the piece of the Rubik’s Cube you are moving so you can follow its path. Consider taking a video while you do this and then watch the video.

• Use this guide along with You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube’s corresponding resources such as videos, solving checklist, and teacher guides.

GET TO KNOW YOUR RUBIK’S CUBE

LAYERS

There are three horizontal layers in a 3x3 Rubik’s Cube.

Using this guide, you will solve the Rubik’s Cube layer by layer.

TOP
LAYER

MIDDLE
LAYER

BOTTOM
LAYER

FACES

Each flat surface is a face.

There are 6 faces on a Rubik’s Cube.

You can place your palm flat on a FACE.

CENTERS

Center pieces have one colored tile.

There are 6 center pieces.

Center pieces are single tiles, fixed to the internal core.

When correctly solved, each face will be the color of its center piece.

You use one finger to touch a CENTER piece.

These center piece colors are always opposite each other:

white opposite yellow

blue opposite green

orange opposite red

EDGES

Edge pieces have two colored tiles.

There are 12 edge pieces.

You use two fingers to pinch an EDGE piece.

CORNERS

Corner pieces have three colored tiles.

There are 8 corner pieces.

You use two fingers to pinch an EDGE piece.

GET TO KNOW YOUR RUBIK’S CUBE

Face key

Algorithm key

Each face is represented by a letter.

Moves used in this guide.

U =
UP FACE

U

U'

D =
DOWN FACE

D

D'

MOTIONS

Think of the movements of these objects when you turn the faces.

L =
LEFT FACE

L

L'

R =
RIGHT FACE

R

R'

MOTIONS

Think of the movements of these objects when you turn the faces.

F =
FRONT FACE

F

F'

B =
BACK FACE

B

B'

MOTIONS

Think of the movements of these objects when you turn the faces.

• Each move is a ¼ TURN.

• An ALGORITHM is a sequence of moves that you need to do in a specific order.

• When following the algorithms in this guide, it is important to maintain the FRONT face of your Rubik’s Cube so it stays the FRONT through all of the turns.

• If there is a 2 next to the algorithm letter, turn the face twice.

D2

=

D

D

• A turn is clockwise when looking at that face directly. A letter with an apostrophe (‘) after it means to make an inverse or counterclockwise turn of the face.

F

F'

RUBIK’S CUBE
SOLUTION GUIDE

This 3x3 solution guide is divided into three stages as seen below.

Now... let’s get
solving!

• TOP layer: Step 1 - Create Daisy

SOLVE LAYER ONE

STEP 1: CREATE A DAISY

Begin by holding your Rubik’s Cube with the YELLOW CENTER piece on the UP (U) face.

UP FACE

Action 1

Look at the top layer to locate the EDGE pieces that have a WHITE tile. Leave them where they are.

See example to the right and notice that at this stage it is okay if the white tile is not touching the YELLOW CENTER piece.

Action 2

Look at the middle layer. Move EDGE pieces that have a WHITE tile from the MIDDLE layer into the top layer.

Be careful not to bump out the white edges already in the daisy.

Rotate the UP (U) face to move a white edge out of the way before moving another white edge into the daisy.

U'

Then...

F'

Action 3

Look at the bottom layer. Move EDGE pieces that have a WHITE tile from the BOTTOM layer into the top layer.

Don’t forget the previous tip about bumping.

F2

Sometimes, when you place the edge in the top layer, the WHITE tile is not on the UP face and it needs to be “flipped”.

OR
OR
OR

To “flip the edge,” so the White tile is on the UP face, hold your Rubik’s Cube so the edge that needs to be flipped is on the RIGHT (R) face.

R'

U

F'

When your Rubik’s Cube has a daisy that looks like this picture, you can move to Step 2!

• TOP layer: Step 2 - Make a WHITE Cross

SOLVE LAYER ONE

STEP 2: CREATE A white cross with matched edges and center pieces

Begin by holding your Rubik’s Cube with the daisy on the UP (U) face. Look at the FRONT face of the Rubik’s Cube.

UP FACE

Action 1

If the FRONT tile of the UP edge piece matches the CENTER tile color, go to Action 2 below.

If not, turn the Up (U) face until it does.

U

OR

U'

=

Action 2

Turn the FRONT face two times (F2) so that the WHITE tile is now on the DOWN (D) face.

F2

Action 3

Repeat Action 1 & 2 for each WHITE edge.

Action 4

Once all 4 edges have been correctly placed, flip your Rubik’s Cube over to see the WHITE cross (with matching edge tiles on the RED, BLUE, ORANGE and GREEN faces).

When your Rubik’s Cube has a white cross with the center and edge pieces matched, like this picture, you can move to Step 3!

• TOP layer: Step 3 - Solve WHITE Corners

SOLVE LAYER ONE

STEP 3: solve the white corners

Begin by holding your Rubik’s Cube with the white cross on the UP (U) face.

UP FACE

Correct placement

The correct placement of a corner piece is between center pieces with the same colors. Notice on the image how a red/ blue/white corner goes between the red, blue, and white center pieces.

Action 1

Locate a corner piece with a WHITE tile in the bottom layer.

If your corner piece is in any of these positions then go to Action 2 below.

If your corner piece is in the top layer but not in the correct location then see the tip below.

To get a corner with a white tile from the top layer to the bottom layer:

• R'

• D'

• R

Action 2

Rotate the DOWN (D) face until the corner is between the two matching colored center tiles.

See ‘Correct Placement’ note on previous page and images below.

D

OR
OR

Action 3

Keeping the white cross on the UP (U) face, hold your Rubik’s Cube so the WHITE tile is on the FRONT face.

If the WHITE tile is on the bottom, see the tip below.

To change a White tile from facing down to facing front:

1. Hold your Rubik’s Cube with the corner on the RIGHT face.

F

D'

F'

D2

Action 4

If the WHITE tile is on the LEFT

• D

• L

• D'

• L'

Notice: D moves the corner piece out of the way, L brings its corner position down, D’ moves it into place and then L’ brings it up to the top layer.

OR

Action 4

If the WHITE tile is on the RIGHT

• D'

• R'

• D

• R

Notice: D’ moves the corner piece out of the way, R’ brings its corner position down, D moves it into place and then R brings it up to the top layer.

Action 5

Continue Actions 1-4 on the previous page until all white corner pieces are in the correct positions.

When your Rubik’s Cube looks like the picture here, you have one-third solved and you can now learn to solve the middle layer!

Congratulations!

You have now solved layer one!

Click on 'Next Step' to solve the middle layer.

• MIDDLE layer: Place Edges in MIDDLE

SOLVE THE MIDDLE LAYER

Flip your Rubik’s Cube over so the completed WHITE face is the DOWN face.

UP FACE

Action 1

Choose a FRONT face. Rotate the UP (U) face to create a vertical line matching one of the pictures below.

If you can’t match one of these pictures, pick another FRONT face until you can match one of the pictures.

If you can’t make any vertical lines, see tip below.

If you can’t make a vertical line to match a picture below:

If you can’t make a vertical line to match a picture above:

You will need to swap an edge from the UP (U) face with an edge already in the middle layer.

• Look in the MIDDLE layer to locate a mismatched edge that doesn’t have a yellow tile.

• Hold your Rubik’s Cube so the mismatched edge in the middle layer is on the RIGHT face.

• Follow the algorithm ‘Moving Right’ in Action 2.

• Now proceed to Action 1 above.

Action 2

Moving Left

If you’re moving the edge piece to the left, follow these moves:

• U'

• L'

• U

• L

This algorithm places the edge piece next to its correct corner piece.

• U

• F

• U'

• F'

This algorithm brings the edge piece to the correct position in the middle layer.

OR

Action 2

Moving Right

If you’re moving the edge piece to the right, follow these moves:

• U

• R

• U'

• R'

This algorithm places the edge piece next to its correct corner piece.

• U'

• F'

• U

• F

This algorithm brings the edge piece to the correct position in the middle layer.

Action 3

Continue Actions 1-2 on the previous page until all MIDDLE layer pieces are in the correct positions.

When the two bottom layers of your Rubik’s Cube look like this picture, you can move to solving the third layer. You are two-thirds of the way done!

Congratulations!

You have now solved the middle layer!

Click on 'Next Step' to solve the final layer.

• BOTTOM layer: Step 1 - Make YELLOW Cross

SOLVE THE FINAL LAYER

STEP 1: MAKE A YELLOW CROSS

Match your Rubik’s Cube to one of the pictures below. Focus on the YELLOW edges on the UP (U) face only (not corners).

FRONT
FACE

FRONT
FACE

FRONT
FACE

Action 1

• F

• U

• R

• U'

• R'

• F'

Remember this algorithm
as FUR says U’R’F’.

Notice the first three moves go clockwise and the next three moves go counter-clockwise.

Action 2

If the YELLOW Cross is not formed yet, REMATCH your Rubik’s Cube to one of the pictures in the ‘Holding your Rubik’s Cube’ section above and follow the algorithm again.

When your Rubik’s Cube looks like this picture, move on to the next step!

• BOTTOM layer: Step 2 - Orient Corners

SOLVE THE FINAL LAYER

STEP 2: ORIENT THE CORNERS

Hold your Rubik’s Cube so the UP (U) face matches one of the images in the table below.

If one corner piece is YELLOW

This saying may help:
’Feed the fish’
Hold your Rubik’s Cube so the fish can eat out of your LEFT hand.

If no corner pieces are YELLOW

This saying may help:
’None - left’
Hold your Rubik’s Cube with a YELLOW tile on the LEFT (L) face.

If two corner pieces are YELLOW

This saying may help: ‘I see two, my left thumb’s on you.’
Hold your Rubik’s Cube so that you can put your left thumb on the tile on the FRONT (F) face.

Action 1

• R

• U

• R'

• U

• R

• U2

• R'

Notice the RIGHT (R) face turns in opposite directions every other time and the UP (U) face always turns clockwise.

Action 2

If you do not have all yellow tiles on the UP (U) face you will need to REMATCH and follow the algorithm. (You may need to do this multiple times.)

When your Rubik’s Cube has all the YELLOW on the UP (U) face, like this picture, move to Step 3!

• BOTTOM layer: Step 3 - Place YELLOW Corners

SOLVE THE FINAL LAYER

STEP 3: POSITION THE YELLOW CORNERS

Hold your Rubik’s Cube with the YELLOW on the UP (U) face.

UP FACE

Action 1

Twist the UP (U) face until two corners are in the correct location. You will know they are in the correct location if the colored tiles match the center colors.

CORRECT
CORNER
EXAMPLE

Action 2

Hold your Rubik’s Cube so it matches one of the images here.

Adjacent Corners (on the same face)

• CUBE ONE

• CUBE TWO

• CUBE THREE

• CUBE FOUR

• Diagonal Corners

• CUBE FIVE

• CUBE SIX

• Think of correctly placed corners as tail lights.

Tail lights are in the back of a car. Hold your Rubik’s Cube so the tail lights are on the BACK face before you start the algorithm.

Action 3

• R'

R’un to me

• F

Fast

• R'

R’un to me

• B2

Back Back

After this part of the algorithm, the top of your Rubik’s Cube will look like this:

• R

Run away

• F'

F'ast

• R'

R’un to me

• B2

Back Back

After this part of the algorithm, the top of your Rubik’s Cube will look like this:

• R2

Run Run away

• U'

U’p

• CHANT

The words underneath the turns are a chant to help you remember the algorithm.

Action 4

If your corners are not correct at this point, rematch your Rubik’s Cube to one of the images in Action 2 above and repeat the algorithm.

When your Rubik’s Cube looks like this picture, move on to the final step!

Continue to step 4:

Position the Yellow Edges on the following page

• BOTTOM layer: Step 4 - Position YELLOW Edges

SOLVE THE FINAL LAYER

STEP 4: POSITION THE YELLOW EDGES

Hold your Rubik’s Cube so the one face that is a solid color is the BACK, and the Yellow face is the UP (U) face.

If no face is a solid color, it doesn’t matter which face is in the back.

EXAMPLE

Action 1

Follow this algorithm up to 3 times to move the unsolved edges CLOCKWISE / TO THE LEFT.

• F2

• U

• L

• R'

• F2

• L'

• R

• U

• F2

If you restart the algorithm, make sure a solved face starts as the BACK face of the Rubik’s Cube.

Before starting the algorithm,

look at the unsolved edge on the FRONT face. Is it the same color as the center tile of the:

• LEFT face? Follow the algorithm above.

• RIGHT face? Change the two U turns to U’.

U'

When your Rubik’s Cube looks like this picture, you have completed the final step!

Congratulations!

You have solved the Rubik’s Cube!

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