Introduction: How to Solve a 2x2 Rubiks Cube

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Step 1: Solving the White Side, Plus a Continuous Line Around the Top

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Start the white side on any side that has. a white piece. From there, you want to look at all the white pieces on the cube. Match up the white pieces on the top by using the algorithm: Ri, Di, R, D. You have to get all the white pieces on the top face, as well as having a continuous line of green, red, blue, and purple (or black depending on your cube) right underneath the white layer. Accomplishing this can be done with common sense, and figuring out where the corners have to go in order to match up correctly.

Step 2: Solving the Yellow Layer

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Now with the white side and colored layer completed, turn your cube over. If you have one yellow piece, position that in the bottom left corner and do the following algorithm: R, U, Ri, U, R, U2, Ri. (U2 is up 2 times. After the algorithm put the yellow piece(s) in the bottom left again and do the algorithm again and keep doing this until the yellow side is complete.

Step 3: Orienting the Last Corners

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Turn the cube until a pair of colors (like red or blue, that are together) matches up with a pair of the same colors from under the white layer,creating a complete side. By now, you should have 3 sides solved. LAST STEP: Turn that solved side (whatever color it is) to the back side and do this algorithm: Ri, F, Ri, B2, R, Fi, Ri, B2, R2

Step 4: You're Done!!

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Congratulations! You've completed the 2x2. You make now wave your hands in the air like you just don't care. :) Your welcome.

Comments

slippyshoe (author)2017-06-07

I liked this one https://www.youcandothecube.com/solve-it/2-x-2-solution

rhoaste (author)2017-04-10

This solution is terrible. The instructions are vague and misleading.

bergercookie (author)2017-01-21

Bad, bad bad tutorial.
Procedure not explained correctly, no pitfalls
are described and it also doesn't explain what its letter is leaving
the job for the people in the comments.

Devlight19 (author)bergercookie2017-01-31

u are stupid. It shows u how to solve the Rubix cube not its meaning and what it does and what the letters mean. Ppl wanted to know how to solve it so that's what this person did. They didn't ask what the letters mean then they would've put it on the instructions.

JoshuaV46 (author)2017-01-25

This suck couldn't solve ?

JoshuaV46 (author)JoshuaV462017-01-25

Same here

mitchellchapman (author)2017-01-09

What about when you don't have a third side done after step 2? Is happening to me over and over again and I keep doing R, U, Ri, U, R, U2, Ri. but it never solves

jtmcdole (author)2017-01-01

Realization that step 3 is "Referee" from the 3x3x3. awesome!

MatthewM383 (author)jtmcdole2017-01-07

I had the same realization and I yelled that out!

iphillips20 (author)2016-12-26

how do you solve the white side

jack152 (author)2016-10-11

Yes! Finally got it.

I found the explanations from step 2 are clearer here (I think its the same source)

http://www.rubiksplace.com/cubes/2x2/

ReyN7 (author)2016-09-29

When six of the eight parts are already in position and the two remaining parts are adjacent, that's the time you apply step 3. The last turn in the above algorithm is missing, which is Ui.

My algorithm for step 3 is this:

Starting position: Completed yellow on top and whatever is the third completed color (red,orange, blue or green) on the right side.

Algo: Ri, U, L, Ui, R, U2, Li, U, L, U2, Li

For me, these moves are easier and should be faster since there are no front and back side turns and mostly are top side (U) turns. With a good cube and practice, this algo can be done in about 3 seconds.

If after step 2 the last two remaining parts are not adjacent, just do step 3 twice. First with the completed yellow on top and any mixed colors on the right.

Psych0ticPanda (author)2016-09-03

Nice! This really helped me, and I solved the 2X2 within 2 minutes upon getting the 2 by 2 for my birthday! Thanks!

micah6-8 made it! (author)2016-09-02

This is one of the best online resources I've seen. Good work! So far, I typically have to put in a Ui or similar at the end.

For all others, go to Rubik's "you can do the cube" site and free guide to learn the basic notations first. DO NOT try this without that knowledge and then dump on the maker of this guide. That's the whole "B, U, Fi" stuff.

AliH170 (author)2016-07-16

thanks for this. It's better than all the other websites that I've went to.

yuckyuck11 (author)2016-07-02

What does R,U,RI,F,B2,FI and R2 mean.

51302 (author)yuckyuck112016-07-03

Go to another website and learn the algorithms

JonasR17 (author)513022016-07-09

Thanks!

JohnathanB10 (author)2016-06-29

Some one put it in order please

AlinaJ4 (author)2016-06-13

Ri, F, Ri, B2, R, Fi, Ri, B2, R2 what do they mean

Max Cordell7 (author)AlinaJ42016-06-23

Ri = right side counter clockwise (ccw)

R = right side clockwise (cw)

B = back side cw

Bi = back side ccw

U = top side cw

Ui =top side ccw

if there is a 2 do a 180

Max Cordell7 (author)AlinaJ42016-06-23

Ri = right side counter clockwise (ccw)

R = right side clockwise (cw)

B = back side cw

Bi = back side ccw

U = top side cw

Ui =top side ccw

if there is a 2 do a 180

RyanG138 (author)2016-06-15

Could you please include more cases and algorithms? This guide is a little skimpy.

Mazeisawesome (author)2016-04-15

What does ri. Di u d and d2 mean

ImJ1 (author)Mazeisawesome2016-06-08

R=Right Side L=Left Side U=Up D=Down B=Back side (the one you dont see) I=Turn Counter-Clockwise (Example, Ri, turn the right side counter-clockwise) 2=Turn twice 3=Turn 3 times

didc124 (author)2016-05-27

best tutorial! I solved I first try! Thank you!!

what does "F" and "B" mean?

also im confused about what it means by the "i" part of say as an example "Ri". Can somebody tell me how to do the the parts where it says the "i"?

The f means front and b means back and the i means inverse or opposite

f is front, b is back. The I means inverted, or counterclockwise when you look at the side directly.

If you would like to know allt he Rubik's cube notations, and what most of the lettering means, I highly suggest going to this website. It's a LOOOTTT of help! :)

http://ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube/notation/

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F means Front (the side closest to you) and B means Back (the side far from you), the side you don't see.

i = invert (counter clockwise).
R means, turn the right side clockwise (if you're looking at the right side from the right) so it's pushing the right side away.
Ri means turn the right side counter clockwise, so it's pulling the right side towards you.

Mazeisawesome (author)ThemarkerD2016-04-15

Thanks

CarsonV2 (author)2016-05-22

No idea what to do

CarsonV2 (author)CarsonV22016-05-22

Litteraly no idea

CarsonV2 (author)2016-05-22

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Thenix (author)2016-05-17

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Thenix (author)2016-05-17

idont get it at all

ACIDxCOBRA (author)2016-04-26

The last step needs a Di at the end

ElliotL10 (author)2016-04-25

If you would like to know allt he Rubik's cube notations, and what most of the lettering means, I highly suggest going to this website. It's a LOOOTTT of help! :)

http://ruwix.com/the-rubiks-cube/notation/

Mazeisawesome (author)2016-04-15

What does ri. Di u d and d2 mean

Mazeisawesome (author)2016-04-15

What does Ri mean?

Ilovepizicced (author)2016-01-14

Do you have to do step 3 multiple times?

No

8th Hokage (author)Ilovepizicced2016-03-29

Do the step with yellow on top and i works every time

ThemarkerD (author)8th Hokage2016-04-07

If you get to the same result over and over again, with the yellow on top, change to white on top. On of them should solve it for you. I have just tried yellow on top for like 4 times, getting the same result over and over again. Tried the white on top - and it worked first try.

8th Hokage (author)Ilovepizicced2016-03-29

I did it about 4 times and i keep getting the same results

penguins4life (author)2016-04-05

I think that this did NOT help at all please do better next time that u try to write instructions on how to do something

8th Hokage (author)2016-03-29

There should be a B in the 3rd step for the final move in the algorithim

8th Hokage (author)2016-03-29

Here is a tip. You can only solve step 2 when there is ONLY ONE yellow piece. I tried for about an hour and figured that out.

8th Hokage (author)2016-03-29

What do the letters for the algorithim R, U, Ri, U, R, U2, Ri mean?

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