How to Solve a 3x3 Rubik's Cube

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Start with a scrambled Rubik's cube.

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Choose a layer to solve and make a cross on it. A correct cross means the other face of the piece matches the center color of the other face. More detailed instructions follow.

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Overview of the cross

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Cross side 1

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Cross side 2

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Cross side 3

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Cross side 4

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Here's another angle so you can see how all 4 sides match on the cross.

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Now look for the corner pieces that you want to fill in the first layer with. I want to find pieces that point out on the side faces of the cube and if not, arrange them so they are.

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Determine the correct placement of the piece before insertion.

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Insert that piece into the correct corner of the first layer.

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Do the same for the other 3 corners.

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First layer solved.

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Figure out which piece needs to fill the second layer.

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Place the appropriate piece in the second layer.

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First piece in correct place in second layer.

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Do the same for the other 3 pieces in the second layer.

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Second layer solved.

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Make a cross on the top layer.

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Align the cross part 1.

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Align the cross part 2.

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Determine where the corner blocks should go.

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Move the corner pieces to the right locations.

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Do the same for the other 3 corners.

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Orient the corner pieces correctly.

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Keep doing the "finger trick" to finish solving the cube.

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Congratulations, you have solved a Rubik's cube!

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1 Rubik's cube
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