Lear how to solve the 4 by 4 rubiks cube as easy as tying a shoe. just not as fast lol

you should already know how to solve the Rubik's 3 by 3 before learning to solve the 4 by 4 but if you don't that's ok it will just take a lot longer to grasp.

Step 1: Terminoligy

this step will show you how i will refer to the cube and how to do the specific moves you must do to complete it.

Step 2: Centers

Centers are very important ,yet so simple to quad up.

There is basic just this one move to finish this step you can do the same move backwards if the pieces are in a different order. Like this r' u' r that's if they're switched. and if you have a piece on the back of the cube and you are trying to get it to the front just do this. l B' l

so just do that a bunch of times until you have every side together.

Step 3: Are Your Centers in the Right Places?

this is the order the colors should be in just so long as you have a normal Rubik's cube.

Get BLUE on the top. then look down on one of the sides you should see Yellow then looking to the left of you yellow should see RED more to the left is WHITE more to the left is ORANGE than on the bottom should be GREEN. I like to remember the order by saying blue mustard blood milk oranges lettuce.

If they are not in that order you will have to do this move to get them in the right place.

picture will show you how to switch them. odds are it wont only be one that needs to be switched some times you might need to move al of them but if you pay attention while you make the position of the centers that will help.

ok so you have some off brand cube and that's not the right order. well look at the corners they will show you the way.

Step 4: Edge Pairing

all most done!

pretty simple the only thing you have to look out for is if the top layer is paired up.

you will have to find the pieces you need. and put them in the right places this is how it has to be arranged.

So what happens if I don have 3 left to pair up? you might ask.
go to the last step called special moves you have a common error that happens only on the 4 by 4 making it a lot harder to solve with out a guide.

Step 5: Solve It!

ok now that you have all the edges paired and the centers quaded up.

It's now time to solve it! Since you wont be turning the mid slices for the solving you can just pretend that it's a 3 by 3 isn't that neat. so since I'm lazy and don't want to re make an instructabbleyou can use the 3 by 3's instructible!

If you already know exactly how to solve the 3 by 3with out any instructions that great just do it on your own!

The stop motion animation seen below is the stapes that will follow in order to solve the 3 by 3 looks simple doesn't it.

solve it!?!?!

Step 6: Special Moves :( Not Fun

special moves are not fun these are examples of special moves..... in the pictures.
Each one takes a lot of turns to complete.

picture 1 is the one you need to do from edge pairing this one is the most frequent.
how to fix it hold it just like in the picture.
R U' l' U l' U l' U l' U l' U R' U l U' R U l U' R' U l U' l

picture 2 you will figure you need to do it during the top cross.
how to fix it hold just like in the picture
L d R d R d' L u' B u B u' B R B r' B' R B r B

picture 3 this one you will figure out you have it right at the end end of the solve.
to fix it hold just like in the picture


Yay my instructable is done! I'm so happy! I hope that you all like my Instructable and find it easy to follow point things out that i need to specify more.

Step 7: How to Make Your Friends Freak.

If your friends have never touched a rubiks cube this is the best way to freak them out.

Give them the 4 by 4 and tell them you just got it. ask them how far along they can get it and then when they fail Epicly take it from them try yourself and beat them. betting would be col too.

I know there are some people in this world that haven't seen tutorials on youtube so some people don't know how.
<p>I solved a 3* 3 cube in just 18 second using f2l pll and oll</p>
How did u learn oll and pll can u plz tell me plz
Mine is 19 seconds lol im the best by far
im 10 second.. best record.. bwahaha
I have no idea what is lower up help me someone!!!
Please upload the algoritham for pitcher 3 of the step 6
<p>My record is 31, after i learnt the f2l it really decreases your time!, i recommend u to check it out.</p>
<p>awesome and fantastic post bro</p>
My record for the original rubik cube is 1 minute 40 seconds. I brought it to school and I amaze everyone I see except for the kid in my first period class who can solve it too.
Mine is 37 sec ?
<p>22 XD</p>
?????mine is 37 sec
my record <em>was</em> 40 sec. my record now in the last week <em>is</em> 55 sec.<br/>
correction, 1 min, 10 sec. that's really frustrating for me...
W00T 1 minute 30 seconds for me!!! I am by no means a speedcuber, but I do ok for myself!!!
Good job! Just keep working at it, and maybe look up more algorithms online and you'll see your speeds shoot up! Or should I say down? Lol. ;D
Mine is 48 seconds. Since I'm from an area where everyone is easily amused, I 'm already famous at my school for being able to solve it. The other day I was solving it and four teachers were just staring the whole time. <br />
Same to u ..when i solved the 5&times;5 cube in 1min 42 sec ..all were amazed even the teachers stared at me and congratulated me.?
Bet I could beat you... Me and you- cubeoff Between Spanish and Biology. after Christmas break. :P :D<br />
Wait tanman- did you fix yours? I thought it was broken.<br />
Oh never mind this was back in June and August. :P I want a mirror cube like you! that thing is wicked awesome!<br />
I have a record of 50, but my friend has one of 20. I can't believe it, but I saw him do it. He said his oll and pll were fail. : o<br />
<p>4x4 is 50 sec</p>
<p>3x3 cube</p>
<p>mine is 22 sec</p>
My pb is 50 seconds
<p>whoa that is good</p>
Can someone please help me solve the problem showed in picture 3 of the special cases
<p>Besides the T/t instead of U/u in the terminology, you have B/b listed for both back and down, I think the bottom two layers should be D/d</p>
<p>Have you actually tried step 4? It doesn't seem to do what you say it does. Neither of the pieces ends up being moved.</p>
<p>The special moves are just wrong and will mess up your cube. You just have to resolve every time every website is wrong there is no sure fire algorithm to flip edges in some configurations. Every website lists a different way to solve flipped edges too. Just say outright that there's no shortcut next time.</p>
<p>you have to do it a few times</p>
<p>wow it worked</p>
<p>I'm trying to figure out the instructions! After all I am new to Rubik's cubes. A classmate named Eithen turned me to them. Can I get some more basic instructions?</p>
<p>so wait, does a lowercase letter mean I turn just the inner side of the cube, or that I turn both the inner and outer sides at once?</p>
<p>What does the T mean. I am just learning how to solve the 4x4 rubik's cube</p>
<p>it doesn't solve for edge parities. Pleas edit to help with that would help me a lot. Cool page though.</p>
<p>AARRRHGG special moves are so frustrating!!! I always get them wrong!</p>
the_burrito_master: There is an easier algorithm than the first one you have in step 6. It's going to be on my 5x5 tutorial, but you need to put the two cubies you are going to switch on the same layer. Then, in your notation, it's: (Ll)' T2 (Ll)' T2 F2 (Ll)' F2 (Rr) T2 (Rr)' T2 (Ll)2 Official notation: (Ll)' U2 (Ll)' U2 F2 (Ll)' F2 (Rr) U2 (Rr)' U2 (Ll)2
<p>ok. Scratch what i just said. It doesnt work and messed up the edges in the back of the top layer.</p>
<p>didn't work for me... :/ But at least it didnt mess up the entire cube!</p>
<p>What does the forward slash mean on picture 1?</p>
<p>What is meant when a letter in in italics? (ie slanted)</p>
i have a question regarding notation. in your picture it shows B and b standing for the lower half slices, but usually B and b stand for the back slices. i am just wondering if you meant D and d for down...
<p>In a 3x3 cube, that is the case. But in a 4x4, an uppercase letter, like B, would mean the layer farthest to the back. A lowercase letter like b, would mean the second layer farthest to the back. I hope this helps.</p>
all of the steps i tried to follow and i am failing miserably. i can get the centers and the 8 complete centers. but i dont know what to do to solve the other middle edges without messing it up. what do i need to do?
BTW, on the second pic, which color is the front face?
It's yellow.... and it can be any color. I just chose that to be the front but you have to have the parts that need to be fixed in the exact spots they are in the pics.<br />

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