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. There are four primary steps (though three of the steps are broken up into two parts).


  • Examine the Legend
  • 1. Solve the top
  • 2. and 3. Correctly position and orient the bottom four (remaining four) corners
  • 4. and 5. Complete the bottom
  • 6. and 7. Correctly position and orient the four remaining middle edge pieces.
  • Optional: Rotate the middle-center piece to fix pictures or logos.

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.

Cubes with pictures

See also the 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.


For languages other than English, use Google Translate.

Go to the Legend