How to Solve a 2x2 Rubik's Cube
- 15 Jul, 2015
If you're reading this then you must want to know how to solve a 2x2 Rubik's Cube? Our easy guide on solving the cube has helped over 25,000 people successfully solve their 2x2. Voted one of the easiest methods, the beginner method will help you solve a 2x2 in no time at all.
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Right, this first bit is easy. During this tutorial we will be using letters to denote which faces of your 2x2 Rubik's Cube to turn and in what sequence. A capital 'F' for example (as seen in the illustration below) stands for 'Front - Clockwise', in which you would turn the Front Face (the one facing you) in a clockwise position. A capital 'F' with an apostrophe denotes an anti-clockwise rotation of the front face.
2x2 Rubik's Cube Notation
Using the images above along with the F/D/B/L/U/R letters and the video to the left you should be able to understand the notations of the 2x2 Rubik's Cube. This step is crucial to solving your cube and you should not move on until you can understand all the letters in an algorithm (such as this: F D F' D' F D F').
Once you are confident you understand the notation for this puzzle you can move on to step 1 below.
STEP 1 - SOLVING THE FIRST SIDE
- We begin by deciding what colour (or face) to start with. In this example I am going to solve the blue side first.
- Start by locating any blue corner you like. I'm going to use the blue/white/red corner, I recommend you do the same. Once your cube looks like the image below you can move on to step 2. Please Note: Always keep your blue faces on the top of your puzzle.
- Locate the other blue/red corner piece and hold it below were it needs to go (we want both blues to be next to each other (making a pair) and both red pieces to be next to each other, making another pair. (Please note: Your puzzle may look slightly different to mine as your pieces may be rotated differently)
- Using the selection of different cases below (numbered 1-6) to solve these 2 pieces of your 2x2 Rubik's Cube. In this example I would need to perform case number 2, notice the pattern is the same although the cube is in a different rotation. Simply hold your cube so that both blue pieces are in the exact same position as shown in the image and perform the algorithm. Your 2x2 Rubik's Cube should now have 2 blue corner pieces on the top layer (like below).
- Now, Locate the other blue/yellow corner piece and once again, hold it beneath where it needs to go to make a pair of yellows and blues.
- Perform the correct algorithm to solve this 3rd corner piece. Remember, you may have a different pattern than me, as long as you hold your puzzle the in the same way as shown in the case image below and perform the correct algorithm you will have solved 3 corner pieces of the top layer.
- Find the last blue corner piece on your Rubik's Cube and again, hold it beneath where it needs to go (to make a pair with the orange side and the white side. In my example here, it is the blue/white/orange corner.
- Use the case chart (above) to solve the the last piece of your top layer.
Step 1 - Video Guide
If the above text walkthrough wasn't enough to help you solve the first layer of your Rubik's Cube then we have also provided a follow along video (LEFT). We go through each bullet point one by one and teach you in a visual way how to perform each stage of step 1.
Once you have solved one whole face of your Rubik's 2x2 then you can move on to step 2.
Step 2 - orientating the last layer
Step 2 - Video Guide
Again, if you are having trouble understanding the stages in step 2, please watch the video (LEFT) it will guide you through each stage and hopefully you will have nearly solved your 2x2 cube.
Once you have orientated each piece on the final layer you can move on to the final step and permute these pieces.
You're so close... Keep going!
sTEP 3 - pERMUTING THE lAST laYER
In step 3 we will be moving the pieces of the top layer about until the whole puzzle is completed. Your 2x2 Rubik's Cube should look something like image below.
There are a few different ways to solve this last layer but as this is the beginners method we will stick to just 1 method and then we can progress on to other ways in a later tutorial. First look for 2 corners that are correctly permuted in relation to each other (meaning 2 solved pieces next to each other). Like the image below.
As you can see both white pieces are correctly solved and next to each other. If however, you don't have 2 corners that are correctly permuted you can just perform the following algorithm from any angle you want. After which, you will have 2 correctly permuted corners and you can perform this step again. Let's get started.
- Place your cube blue side down on the table and the green side facing up.
- Rotate the whole of your puzzle until the 2 solved corners are at the back of the cube. Remember: If you do not have 2 solved pieces next to each other (like the image above with the 2 white pieces) just perform the following algorithm from any angle and repeat from step 1.
- With the 2 solved pieces at the back perform the algorithm: L' U R' D2 R U' R' D2 R2
- Your 2x2 Rubik's Cube should now be solved. You may have to just perform a single B' move to finish off your puzzle.
Step 3 - Video Guide
Hey! Hopefully if your reading this, and got this far down the page then you've solved your 2x2 Rubik's Cube (or at least nearly solved it). Watch the video and solve that last layer if you are having trouble with the text guide above.
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