Introduction: Solve a Rubik's Cube! (Improved!)

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Are you ready to impress your friends and look like a genius? Using an improved method based off the one supplied by the Rubik's company, you'll soon be solving the cube in under 30 seconds!

The only material you need for this instructable is your Rubik's Cube- so let's go! NOTE: You can view this instructable here, or download the abridged version as a one page .pdf

Use the picture as a guide- ULF would mean turn the Upper layer clockwise, then the Left layer clockwise, then the Front layer clockwise, whereas UL'F would mean turn the Upper layer clockwise, then the Left layer counter-clockwise, and the Front layer clockwise.

Step 1: The Cross

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Orient your cube with the white side on the top, and attempt to make a plus (+) sign with white pieces.

Now look at the edge pieces that make up your cross. Align all of them with the correct color of center piece that they touch. (This step is mostly intuitive, but might require flipping the F, R, L, or B layer twice to get the piece to B)

Step 2: Solving the Edges

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See the piece between the Red and Green center pieces in the picture below? It's in the wrong place. Orient the cube with the White cross on the bottom, and find a piece in the U layer that doesn't have yellow on it. Turn the U layer until that piece is matched with the center piece that matches its color on the U layer.

From there, orient the cube with those pieces in F. Perform the algorithm L'UL to get the piece in place. Repeat this step only twice more with other pieces.

Step 3: White Corners

Now your cube has 3 of 4 edge pieces in place. Orient the cube with yellow on U, and find a white piece on U. Align that white piece above the mismatched edge piece. Now, look at the other 2 colors on your corner piece. Find the place that piece should go on the D layer. Spin D until that spot aligns underneath the other 2, then turn the cube so that your set-up is on the right side perform RUR' algorithm as many as 5 times to get your piece in correctly. Repeat this step with all corners.

Step 4: The Final Edge

You probably still have the last edge piece to put in. Spin U until the edge piece matches the color to the right of the 2 colors. With this alignment in F, perform U'L'ULUFU'F' if the piece goes in backwards, repeat this process

Step 5: The 2nd Cross

Now, there should be 0, 2, or 4 yellow pieces matching the yellow center piece in U. R'FRF'U'F'UF will toggle the yellow edge pieces in the UF and UR positions yellow side up and yellow side down. Repeat this until you have all 4 yellow edge pieces up.

LUUL'U'LU'L'U' interchanges the edge pieces at UL and UB- repeat as necessary to align all the yellow edge pieces with their proper colors.

Step 6: Yellow on U

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There are 4 different situations you may encounter at this point. A 'œFish,' a 'œDouble Fish,' a normal cross, or a 'œCastle.'

If your cube has either just a cross, or a fish pattern like picture one, find the yellow corner piece that when its side was rotated once, would end up in the empty space by it's tail. If, the yellow side of that piece is to the left of the center piece (as shown), orient it with that side to the front, and perform L'URU'LUR' -otherwise, (if the yellow side is to the right of the center piece) perform RU'L'UR'U'L. From there, reassess the pattern using this column.

If your cube looks like picture 2 or 3 (Double Fish/Castle), align it so the side with the arrow pointing to it (relative to the pattern- NOT the color). Then simply perform LFR'F'L'FRF' and re-evaluate the situation to find your next step.

Step 7: The Final Move!

Once you end up with all the yellow pieces facing up, but some in the wrong places, perform this algorithm as many as 3 times: R'FR'BBRF'R'BBRR and you've done it! Congratulations!

Using this method, I've personally solved a cube in under 25 seconds on multiple occasions. Keep practicing- and don't be afraid to try new ideas! Once you get good, you'll want to work on 'finger tricks' -or using your fingers to spin the cube instead of your hands, in addition to keeping the cube oriented with one color on top and solving with any starting color!


prajeev1 (author)2011-11-18

I can solve in 1:42 sec, but i want to solve it in 1 minute. Please help how to do..

BhadrakshB (author)prajeev12017-05-18

use the CFOP method. In that u solve the edges also their corners at the same time and it reduces time. At first it will take more time but afterwards u have a habit then u can solve it under 1 min

reza78 (author)2017-03-11

I can solve it in 37 sec. i know the best way to solve it even in a less time

BhadrakshB (author)reza782017-05-18

if u know then say which method u use I can solve it in sub-10

AnjuA8 (author)2016-10-17

i can solve it in 1:00 minute

CalvinA2 (author)2015-09-29


CalvinA2 (author)2015-09-29

i can solve in 1 min and 10 sec.

DevrupD (author)2015-09-11

i'm a guy of 10 ,i started cubing 3 month ago and now am capable to solve the cube upto 48 seconds , the tutorial is good enough but it should add up oll,pll, i have collected many materials regarding cubes from other websites but not only them but my daily one hour practice made me solve it so fast !!!!! still thanks

mrmuffin (author)2012-05-23

one time i had a rubix cube in my hand and then i closed my eyes for like 10 seconds and just twisted the rubix any which way and i solved it creepy huh!

dhasu.daku (author)mrmuffin2014-08-09


winzer (author)2009-06-18

...i want 2 solved my rubik's cube in seconds only...please help how o do it...

Bluepikachu7 (author)winzer2011-11-12

Your best option for a somewhat intermediate method would be 2 look OLL, so, the first thing you would need to do is go to rubik's dot com and see the standard method, then go to and look at the OLL sune algorithms, memorizing all of them. I can solve it in about 42 seconds now.

Bluepikachu7 (author)winzer2011-11-05

Finger tricks...I can solve it in 42 seconds.

Bluepikachu7 (author)2011-11-05

Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that I can solve a 10X10X10 rubiks cube in under an hour.

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-19

cool, easier than the other ones. but still hard.

eLeet (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-20

Thanks :) I tried to keep it simple, but fast and efficient at the same time- so you can learn it as a first method, and use the same method to compete with :)

Bluepikachu7 (author)eLeet2011-11-05

I can solve it in 42 seconds, using a different method...I can't do this one that fast, around 1:20.

J-Five (author)2008-08-02

A few years ago I could solve one in 4 to 5 minutes.

bears0 (author)J-Five2011-02-25

i can solve one in 3 minutes. i could do it faster but the cube locks up a lot

J-Five (author)bears02011-02-25


Bluepikachu7 (author)J-Five2011-11-05

I can solve it in 42 seconds.

Gh{O}sT (author)J-Five2008-08-29

this year I can solve one in 50 seconds, my teacher bet i couldn't but i won and got free food!

J-Five (author)Gh{O}sT2010-06-24

i ould it faster with spray paint

Gh{O}sT (author)Gh{O}sT2008-08-29

1 min 50

mega man 4bm (author)Gh{O}sT2009-04-08

My solve time is 3:20.31 minutes.

J-Five (author)mega man 4bm2009-04-09

Quite Impressive. I believe I seen on the on how to make blind man's Rubiks cube. Now that sounds like fun!!

spock155 (author)Gh{O}sT2009-03-21

LOL, free food? XD

Bluepikachu7 (author)2011-09-25

I can solve it in 45 seconds, but I want to be an expert who can solve it in less than 30, like you said. I don't understand step 3, I need a visual for it. Please post a video.

huffnpuff99 (author)Bluepikachu72011-11-05

i can do it in 49 seconds :D

Bluepikachu7 (author)huffnpuff992011-11-05

Oh? Keep getting better. I've actually gotten even better and am hoping to get less than 40 seconds soon. My record is 42 seconds. I want to be able to solve it faster than the world record guy and I don't think that's really ever gonna happen.

winzer (author)2009-06-18

.......'i solved my rubik's cube in 1 minute and 6 it good enough...?

huffnpuff99 (author)winzer2011-11-05


bballbowler (author)2008-05-09

Ok, my cube has 3 of 4 edge pieces in place and all the white edge pieces. I put the yellow layer on U and find a white corner piece on U, but how am I supposed to align it with a mismatched edge piece? I'm a little confused from that point.

eLeet (author)bballbowler2008-05-09

Ahh- good question :) Remember how you have 3 of the 4 edge pieces correctly placed? You want to find where the final edge piece WOULD go, and align the white corner piece above it. Does that make sense? If not, I'll try to explain it better, or post pics/video :)

Bluepikachu7 (author)eLeet2011-09-25

Yes! I need you, eLeet to post a video and show us exactly how to do this, because I don't get it at all, I got stuck on step 3!

bears0 (author)2011-03-21

i can do it in a 1:20

J-Five (author)2010-02-17

An easy way to solve one requires a can of spray paint.

bears0 (author)J-Five2011-02-02

no, six cans

J-Five (author)bears02011-02-21

Or just spray paint it one color.

J-Five (author)bears02011-02-02

Yeah, That's what I meant.

the mechanical engineer (author)2010-10-08

1 30 But i use a diff method. kind of like this though

seng (author)2009-01-13

how you can solve a cube w/ a blind fold???

workinprogress37 (author)2009-02-21

Nice tutorial!

joshuaat7 (author)2008-08-10

just go to youtube

H3AT (author)joshuaat72008-09-18

i can do a cross and its edge but i cant figure out is the second part and everything pls. explaine it to me better

awang8 (author)joshuaat72008-12-19

Yep, Dan Brown's brilliant at it.

chin-chin (author)2008-11-14

I wish there are v edio so that i can solve the rubies cube

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