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How to Solve a 2x2 (Beginners)

Let's learn how to solve the 2x2 Rubik's Cube as a beginner. From Notation to the 3 main steps, this beginners guide will help you solve your 2x2 cube.

Step 1

In Step 1 we're going to solve the white face and the adjacent edges too

Step 2

In step 2 we are going to turn our cube over and bring all of the yellow pieces to the new top layer

Step 3

In the final step we are going to use 1 of 2 algorithms to fully solve our 2x2 Rubik's Cube.

Notation

Beginners always say "so is there a pattern?" and the answer is yes, and no. We follow 'algorithms' to solve our cube.

Before we start solving our cube we need to learn how to follow an algorithm, and for that, we need to learn the notation.

In the images below, the coloured area is the part of the cube that moves in a CLOCKWISE rotation (as if you were looking at that face), if the letter in the algorithm has an apostrophe after it, you must turn that face ANTI-CLOCKWISE. For example, F is Clockwise and F' is Anti-Clockwise

F

U

R

B

D

L

Step 1 - Solving the White Face

In step 1 we are going to solve the white face whilst making sure that the adjacent colours pair up correctly.

Step 2 - Yellows to the Top

In step 2 we are going to bring all of the yellow pieces to the top layer. There will be 7 cases (shown below), simply check your cube and perform the corresponding algorithm.

Case 1

R U R' U R U2 R'

Case 2

R U2 R' U' R U' R'

Case 3

R U R' U R U' R' U R U2 R'

Case 4

F R U R' U' F'

Case 5

R U2 R2 U' R2 U' R2 U2 R

Case 6

L' U' L U R U' L' U

Case 7

L' U' L' U R U' R B

Step 3 - Solving the Last Layer

In step 3 we are going to perform 1 of 2 algorithms, either a T-Perm or a Y-Perm.

Swap Diagonals

F R U' R' U' R U R' F' R U R' U' R' F R F'

Swap Adjacent

R U R' U' R' F R2 U' R' U' R U R' F'