7 Rubik's Cube Algorithms to Solve Common Tricky Situations
A List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms for When You Get Stuck
The Rubik's Cube is a widely popular mechanical puzzle that requires a series of movement sequences, or algorithms, in order to be solved. Many of you have likely watched the tutorial videos that teach you how to solve the cube, but don't know or cannot remember those long, boring algorithms. Therefore, I have created a handy cheat sheet of the algorithms that you can whip out at a moment's notice to solve the Rubik's Cube when you get stuck.
The Basic Movement Notations
Understanding the basic move notations are essential to understanding the algorithms. Each notation designates one of the cube layers that should be turned clockwise 90 degrees (or 1/4 of the way around the cube).
Standard notation for the cube is Up, Down, Right, Left, Face, and Back (U, D, R, L, F, B). These refer to the different layers of the cube. Remember, though, that the notations are all relative and are determined based on the cube's orientation. Face, for instance, refers to the layer that faces you when you hold the cube.
When the notation has an apostrophe (e.g., U'), that means you should move that layer counterclockwise 90 degrees. See the full list of movement notations below.
This article does not teach you how to solve a Rubik's Cube from start to finish.
This is a list of very specific algorithms for specific situations where people commonly get stuck when trying to solve the Rubik's Cube. You should already know the basics, and only use these algorithms when you find yourself in the situations presented below.
List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms 3x3
Step
 Algorithm


1. Getting the "white cross"
 F' U L' U'

2a. First layer left corner
 D L D' L’

2b. First layer right corner
 D' R' D R

3a. Right edge piece placement
 U R U' R' U' F' U F

3b. Left edge piece placement
 U' L' U L U F U' F'

4. Getting the white cross without disrupting the rest of the cube
 F R U R' U' F'

5. Solving third layer edge pieces
 R U R' U R U U R'

6. Placing the third layer corner pieces
 U R U' L' U R' U' L

7. Finishing the cube
 R' D' R D

Important Tip
If you don't arrive at the solution on the first try, continue doing the algorithm over and over again until you get there.
1. Getting the White Cross
The first step in solving the Rubik's Cube is to make the white cross. To match those colors up, perform the following sequence:
F' U L' U'
 Front inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Left inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees).
2. First Layer: Left and Right Corners
Left Corner
To get the left corner aligned, use the following algorithm:
D L D' L’
 Down (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Left (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Down inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Left inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
Right Corner
To get the right corner, use the following algorithm:
D' R' D R
 Down inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Right inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Down (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
3. Solving EdgePiece Placement
Use the following algorithm to place the edge pieces and to complete the second layer. The side of the cube with the edge piece that needs to be rotated is going to be your Front (F). These algorithms are for two separate cases.
Right EdgePiece Placement
When you need to move the edge piece to the right:
U R U' R' U' F' U F
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Right inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Front inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Front (clockwise 90 degrees)
Left EdgePiece Placement
When you need to move the edge piece to the left:
U' L' U L U F U' F'
 Up inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Left inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Left (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Front (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Front inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
4. Getting the White Cross Without Disrupting the Rest of the Cube
To make the white top cross without disturbing the rest of the cube, you should use the following algorithm:
F R U R' U' F'
 Front (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right Inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up Inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Front Inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
Problem 1
Use the algorithm three times when only the center color is white
Problem 2
Use the algorithm two times when there is a pattern that looks like an "L."
Problem 3
Use the algorithm once when there is a straight horizontal line.
5. Solving Third Layer Edge Pieces
For the following algorithm to work, the third, unsolved layer must be rotated until exactly one of its edges appears to be solved (i.e. it should look like the blue side in the example). This side of the cube (the side that looks exactly like the blue side in the example) should be your Front (F) as you perform the algorithm. You might have to go through the algorithm twice to solve the third layer edges; if this is the case, your Front face should be the same both times.
R U R' U R U U R'
 Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
6. Aligning the Third Layer Corner Pieces
The following algorithm is used to align the corner pieces in the third layer. The order in which the colors are aligned does not matter. When do this, the side that looks like the red side in the example should be your Face. The algorithm is:
U R U' L' U R' U' L
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Up inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Left inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Right inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Up inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Left (clockwise 90 degrees)
7. Aligning the Corners and Finishing the Cube
This last algorithm helps you to correctly place the aligned blocks in their correct position, one piece at a time. The side that looks like the red side in the example should be your Face. The algorithm is:
R' D' R D
 Right inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Down inverse (counterclockwise 90 degrees)
 Right (clockwise 90 degrees)
 Down (clockwise 90 degrees)
Thoughts? Questions? Sing Out!
it work fine
What about yellow cross? That's what I'm confused on
helped me a lot I did the normal begginers method but when I saw this it helped me a lot my fastest time went from 1:17:45 to 56:45 helped me loads
not helpful:(
this will not work PERIOD.
I learned a different method and I could solve it each time in less than 2 mins but I forgot and I have been searching for a New algorithm.
So bad
my entire cube is solved except the yellow and blue edge piece only and the yellow and red edge piece only and the yellow and orange piece only. wtf do i do????
algorithm
Everything was confusing
Fastest megaminx solve is 1 minute 3 sec
not very useful and specific
I cant i am the worst at this


you first need to make the daisy then align the petals with their center an turn it twice then it will match.
It is literally the hardest game you'll ever play. I've been trying it at least 2000 times across 16 years and have never even came close to solving it at all.
I like this but I would like you to make a clear video on this.
I solved it in 45 sec
i did it last layer
I am bad at Rubik Cubes so its hard. I keep trying, though.
Fastest solve is 35 seconds for me
i got my red cross but two of my side pieces are not matching up.so when white and red side piece is aligned with red center piece, and white and orange side piece match orange center piece, then white and green side piece is in position with blue center piece, and white and blue side piece is in position with green center piece. not sure how this is happening or how to fix it.
I need simple algrethem
I don't get anything about Rubix's Cube, I can't solve mine! Literally
Ok, so, I got my Rubik's Cube like 6 years ago and my mom shuffled it and I have been trying to fix it ever since and nothing works. I did the first step over and over again, I think like thirty times and I COULDN'T GET IT, maybe this just isn't the thing for me lol, but can someone please actually help me, and don't worry post at the top didn't work either and I did that like at least 25 times (6*25=150) I can't do this anymore xD!
This is very confusing...where do we do the inverses and thing.


simple algorithm
Right inverted, Down inverted, Right, Down
repeat 6 times then should get ur rubik cube solved
Thanks....helped me a lot
First step doesn’t help been doing it over and over again with no success
this is very bad solver
Is this beginners method?
It’s freaking slow
the third step was confusing
I made the cross of white
Thanks
I managed to solve the cube! Thx for the algorithm!
It was not helpful
It is helpful
I got to the 2nd layer then i'm confused
easy fam soooo easy
I was looking for ways to get faster and this eas very very helpful, Gracias.
I was looking for a faster way to do it but this way isn't as helpful, it was also kind of confusing.
still dont understand how to make a cross
still don't know what the plan is
Bottom layer solved, 2 layers solved,
Stuk in 3rd layer, using above algorithms even top most layer solved but upper 3rd layer messed up what to do???
I dont understand the last step... the short algorithm one.
A lot of thanks to Rakshith MG
These algorithms are awesome and I want to say also that please add the basic s also because it is a lot confusing in starting but it easier afterwards
Again A lot of thanks to Rakshith MG
P.S. What MG stands for .
which algorithm to solve. solve
Omg this stuff is so confusing idk how anyone of you solved it
This really helped with notes and I finally learned how to solve a cube and I can get under 15 seconds now
this works after a month of me looking and learning how to i finished my speed cube or solved in 10 sec
I need help please.
Confusing...
i use cfop so my pb (personal best) is 19.44 sec and average around 29 sec
Wtf this is not working fake
Solved in 1min 9sec
This site is so amazing!!!!!!
Interesting stuff
this aint fricken working
Not the easy way...But I still got it after a few times.
Please someone post a video which is very easy to learn
Nothing is going into my head
Please
solved in 1 min 2 sec
yah right
Can you tell what letter is what move.
it work 100% .
i solved it in 1 minute and 12 seconds
That’s not the only way
Plus, it’s not the easy way
Watch a video on the 3 layer method then come back and use this site this is not to learn how to solve a cube it is for if you kind of know the steps but don't know the algorithms. I just learned today only from one video and this site and I have already solved the cube multiple times, Im sorry but if you don't understand the cube yet you could have a certain disease called DUMBASSS!
it is a good website 3x3 it's good website
I want to learn how to solve rubiks cube is there anyone who can help me????
Please help me
It didn’t work for my cube
Really excellent site. Beats all the others.
Can u make a site like this for the 2x2?
not yes
I need help solving a rubik's cube guys. For some reason, My friend said the corners are mixed up and I can't solve it if the corners are mixed up.
Is it that simpel .
Dum it's so dumb and beast of a catalyst Hero never give the algorithms again is
I can not be bothered and have no patience please help
Ok so there’s two white crosses there should be a white cross and a yellow cross
What if you get a capital T on your final layer?
Step 7 is wrong. Looks like a deliberate troll to mess with people, which is too bad since the rest of the steps are correct and well described.
Good but in this put some finger moves also.keep it up
i couldnt find any algorithm concerning the barrel cube...i already asked about this before pls those algorithms would be wonderful
Easy peasy using the algo correctly
I want to try it if it will be good. I will like it if it is good I will send to my friends.
not usefull
When I see a scrambled cube I say in my head ya I can do this but then I think and I forgot a a rubix cube even is. The rest of these dots is so I can fill the comment limit 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started to realize I don't want to do the 8 thousand
My dream that i go in world championship of cube
the 5th step isnt working for me LOL
Show them The daisy trick. No need to for the first algorithm
I dont get anything
All my brothers i want to teach you
Its works a treat
Nice soooo easy and very nice
Its technically correct, but the last step is misleading, as you must do that algorithm twice instead of once. Then, once that corner is alligned, you rotate only the top layer, placig the next corner in the upper right, and continuing. Needs better explanation.
its not working
This really helped I forgot how to solve the top layer now I can do it really quickly thankyou
Super
it does not work at all
I am a self taught learner, this is how I thought myself!
this doesn't work
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