7 Rubik's Cube Algorithms to Solve Common Tricky Situations
A List of Rubik's Cube Algorithms for When You Get Stuck
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 colours 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!
that was easy
Woooooow!that was amazing
These 7 steps works really good and very easy to memorized. You need to know basic knowledge of 3*3 cube. Learn it from Youtube, Master it and after mastering these method you better to switch to "Roux" for fast solving !!
Just use grubiks the website it’s much better.
... legit stupid. It doesn't work at all rn. At least have a tutorial or smth if it really works. otherwise, just solve the cross and be over with it
all of u are idiots this works fine
When I first bought the Rubik cube , I mixed it.up, does this article still helps me to solve it??
I sent one hole week and it still hasn't worked
i can already solve it that way ,I went on this site to find a new way
The last step confused me a lot but I was able to solved it later. It needs proper explanation.
Thanks for all of your help today I am a good at finishing the Rubik cube!
The algorithm is exactly same with the one I usually apply but I'm in search of such a way to solve the cube within 30 seconds in which there are only a few steps...
It didn’t work for me
i tried to do it but nothing happened. i tried all day but nothing. but it was good of you to do it for us tho! was good but not really efficient. but mainly, i did not get all sides filled.... so yeah. thanks tho!
I sat here for an hour trying to use these algorithms and let's just say this dude owes me a new tv
Can you add the algorithms by Rubik's, please?
Rubik's cube is hard
I can solve one in 10 seconds
What is perhaps most underestimated is learning the notation, the terms and how to correctly read the various sides. Any misunderstanding of which direction or layer your working on will throw the whole thing off....obviously...awe but is it so obvious?
I am not getting the white cross, totally useless
My first time with a Rubik on my hand. How I know what part of the cube is the front and which one is the up. It looks similar. Do I have to use the white center as the Up? if yes, then which color must be the left and which one the right??
Doesn’t work on scrambled cubes if you use that algorithm
i did the algorithm above the white cross never appeared
IT IS AMAZING
It doesent work I spent the whole day
For the last step you have the cube you want to flip in the top right corner, then do the formula until it is fixed. The rest of the cube will look failed, but wait. Rotate the top layer so the next cube to be flipped is on the top right and repeat. Viola!
I can solve a 3x3 in under 30 seconds and I wish I could help ٩( ᐛ )و
Thank u for your for formula
This works good you forgot to add a agorithm
It does not work
I didn't even understand
It is nice and interesting doing concentration games on the ipad.
I've test ran every single Algorithm and attempted to use them all, however it just seems that no matter how much or little effort I put into solving the cube was a failure. So I'm guessing that there are two things that are happening in my current situation. One is being that I just may or may not be able to even comprehend the complexity of these "simple" Algorithms. Two, I could possibly be overthinking these Algorithms which ultimately leads me to my failure of solving the Rubik's cube. So if anyone would like to respond and give me any advice on what I could do feel free to ask me.
this is far too easy steps to follow, i solved it, thanks for the help
Solving a Rubin's cube is fun and hard
someone help me it wont work for me, i think im doing it wrong
THANKS FOR MAKING ME REALIZE THAT ICAN SOLVE THE RUBIKS CUBE
so where do you start  i have tried this 50 times and do not get the cross  it does not work
I found this very helpful but when I got to the last step it didn’t work so I just corner two test the last to corned:p
Dan Brown is the beeeesssssttttt
for step 5 if the colours are on opposite sides you have to do it once then align 2 colours, make sure one of the wrong sides is on the left of the cube and do the formula again. JUST SAYING
white cross dosn't work bro
I agree with yee
it does not work
THE HECK DO I mean the white cross hasn't yet come and I've tried repeatedly
This is only the basic strategy
Tried for three hours straight. Still nothing working
I actually built a program to solve a cube based on the specifications above. It couldn't get past white cross (it gives up after 100,000 tries).
Don’t ask it does work you just need to keep trying and have patience
It helped me solve the Rubik’s cube for the first time
Not even white cross works
good job little kid
i c'ant get a white cross
So im just a smart kid that loves rubix cubes I am trying to be the best at it and I’m very intelligent
I’m just a smart kid that like to impress girls and my friends not to be cool but to help stop bullying and have fun
Excellent way for explaining. It required patience but finally I was able to solve
this helps a lot
The algorithm isn’t working at all it needs more detail I literally just got a Rubik's cub. and am trying to learn the algorithms but I can’t learn them if they don’t work, I know they should work but I can’t figure out why they aren’t working for me, can someone help a brother out.
how to orient the corner piece while solving the first layer
This works very well but there are various preparatory steps before applying the algorithms that are unclear, specially the last step.
Watch the video for more clarity.
it doesn't mentioned the algorithms place the nonhighlighted referenced edge and corner pieces one step counter clockwise with respect to each other. in the last step, make sure to do the last down side rotation before rotating the top side clockwise one quarter turn or one half turn, to get the corner piece in the top right of the front face before starting the right and down rotation algorithm again,multiple times, until the piece focused on is in the right position and orientation. this algorithm sequence is by far the easiest way for a beginner to solve the Rubik's Cube if you know the details I have just stated
All the comments on here are funny. If you do it the way he shows you it works. I got it and it keeps getting easier.
I posit that I will never need any Rubik's cube algorithms.
this didint work for me at the last stage the algorithm for the real thing is a lot longer
i have known how too for a long time
The movement notations image above needs to be corrected. The algorithms listed later are correct. But if you look at the movement notations, you’ll see that the arrows point to the left for both Up and Down, and then to the right for both Front and Back. The movement notations actually display U D’ F B’ not U D F B.
This doesn't work... I tryed it 5 times ....
I had a hard time at first but now I solve one Really quick
xander, go to rubik's cube official website, its very helpful
I have a Rubix
I had a 3x3 for almost 3 YEARS!!!!!! and I still dont know how to solve it
I can't break my rubik's cube
I solved it. Firstly it takes time but once u be familiar with the moves it get easy to solve. Have patience. Be strong and solve it.
Doesn’t work had the cube for 2 yrs never been able to do it
Step 6 and 7 never works....
I tried over and over it didn't work at all for me.
thank u so much it's so helpful i use this everyday
This is not working for me every video I watched was no help
Can anyone help me to solve my rubix cube 3x3
im on step 5 and this is my second day :0)
I did it!!!!
I have no white i have yellow black red orange green and blue so white cross algorithmn dosent work for me
love rubixs cube
step 7 doesn't work
Step 6 fails everytime. I have tried it very slow and methodical... a nope. I have tried going in reverse afterwards and cant get back to where i was.
or step 7...
Step 6 fails everytime. I have tried it very slow and methodical... a nope. I have tried going in reverse afterwards and cant get back to where i was.
I like to learn about 3x3 rubiks cube I love playing with it
You go so fast i didn't even under stand it
Wrong sides used in Step 3) Left edgepiece placement...
It should be U' F' U F U R U' R'
Not even the algorithm for the white cross is working for me! Any suggestions?
thank you so much for the help i can almost do it and it only took me 2 hours ad now im in to it and i will buy new ones
This helped me so much
The pictures are wrong. The picture for D actually shows D' Thats why you get to the last step and it destroys all your work
deathstar you need to watch the videos and the same time you are doing it
It worked but I had all ready known how to solve it this is just a different way how to solve it but I give the guy credit for learning a different way then the way I solve it
r' d' r d 6x then U then back to r' d' r d that's it yeah
Step five and six are not working for me. Any suggestions?
there isn't enough information and it won't work
This so hard I can’t even do it
Peeps, learn f2l and youll be good
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