How to Solve a 2x2 Rubiks Cube

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Introduction: How to Solve a 2x2 Rubiks Cube

About: I am a cuber and a gamer who likes the Fisher Cube, PS4 and XBOX 360

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

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

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

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!!

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

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I already knew how to solve it before this tutorial. Very bad explaination. the way to do the yellow face requires a lot more knowledge than that.

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

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

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.

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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.

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

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

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I had the same realization and I yelled that out!

how do you solve the white side

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.

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

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

Go to another website and learn the algorithms

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