DIRECTIONS FOR SOLVING THE RUBIK'S CUBE

These instructions can be used to solve a 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube and also a 2x2x2 Rubik's mini cube starting from any combination of colors on a mixed up cube.

The instructions are both easy to follow and easy to memorize. Furthermore, the approach to solving the cube I take seems to be different than others on the web. If you have had problems with other solutions, I would suggest mine since it is foolproof and is only four easy steps (though I divided three of them up into two parts). I would appreciate any and all feedback or questions about the instructions; please see the end of this page for the e-mail address.

Note that this solution was popularized by Minh Thai, the National Champion cube solver whose record Time in late 1981 was 26.04 seconds (he was on the TV show "That's Incredible"). He went on to publish a booklet entitled "The Winning Solution" (1982), talking about his method for solving the cube, a "corners first" approach, based on the solution presented by Ideal Toy Company (The Ideal Solution, 1980), the book which I believe I learned this solution from. (Information from the Rubik's FAQ and from Philip R. Marshall's comparison page, comparing various solutions.)

Note: I also have instructions for how to solve a cube when it has pictures on each face. By putting a picture on each face, or even a small logo on the middle-center piece of each face, the orientation of the middle-center pieces becomes significant in order to show the picture correctly. Various moves are described to correct for this problem.

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The steps to solving the 3x3x3 cube are:

NOTE: Only steps 1 through 3 are required for solving a 2x2x2 cube. Furthermore, you only need to match up the corners of the 2x2x2 cube with the corners of the 3x3x3 cube in the diagrams, and the directions will apply perfectly.


Purchasing Puzzles: If you are having troubles finding stores that sell cubes and similar puzzles, I have a list of on-line sites that may have what you're looking for.

My other cube pages

3x3 cube See Denny's solution for solving the 3x3x3 cube. This is a more detailed solution for the 3x3 than the one I provide (mirrored from the now missing http://www.calormen.com/vpm/puzzlesolutions/rubikscube/)
4x4 cube See Denny's solution for solving the 4x4x4 cube (mirrored from the now missing http://www.calormen.com/vpm/puzzlesolutions/revenge/)
5x5 cube My directions for Solving the Professor Cube (5x5x5)
Square1 My directions for Solving the Square 1
Pyramix My directions for Solving the Pyramix (Pyramid)

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Contact info: I appreciate receiving e-mails describing your success with these directions, but I cannot provide any additional help in solving the Rubik's cube beyond the instructions and steps shown here. Please also e-mail if you have problems accessing a page or seeing a graphic.

Last Modified May 19, 2013