2 x 2 Solution

Learn to solve the 2x2 Rubik's Cube in 4 easy stages!

2 x 2 Stage 1: Get to know your Cube

The 2 x 2 Only has Corner Pieces

Introduction to the 2x2 Rubik's Cube

Unlike the 3x3 Rubik's Cube (which has centers, edges and corners), the 2x2 Rubik's Cube has only corner pieces. There are 8 corner pieces, each containing 3 of the 6 colors.

When the cube is solved

  • WHITE is opposite YELLOW
  • RED is opposite ORANGE
  • BLUE is opposite GREEN
When the cube is solved

Faces of the cube

Each face is represented by a letter:

Faces of the cube

Very Important

When making the moves hold your cube full-face front with logo on top as shown.

Very Important

The Moves

The dark grey on the pictures below (and in the instructions throughout the solution) means that the color of those pieces does not matter. Each move is 1/4 turn rotation.

A letter with an "i" after it means an inverse or counter-clockwise move when looking at that face directly.

The Moves

2x2 Stage 2: Solve the first layer

Step 1 - Getting Started

When solving a 3x3 Rubik's Cube, the center pieces indicate what colors go on each side. On the 2x2 Rubik's Cube, we don't have center pieces to guide us, so we are going to pick a corner piece to start with and build off that. Any corner piece could be used as a starting piece, but let's use the corner that is white, blue and red. It's easy to spot because it has the Rubik's® logo on the white tile!

Holding your cube

Hold the cube so the white / blue / red corner is in the top layer, in the front-left position, with the white tile on the top.

* F stands for the front face. Hold this part of the cube facing you.

Holding your cube

Step 2 - Solving the 2nd Corner

Of the 7 other corners, only 1 will have both white and blue tiles (the 3rd color on this corner piece will be orange). This piece belongs in position 1 (next to the white / blue / red corner) with the white tile on the top (U) face and the blue tile on the front (F) face.

* Find the white / blue / orange piece, identify the state your puzzle is in and follow the solving sequence.

Step 2 - Solving the 2nd Corner

State 1

If the white / blue / orange corner is in position 1...

 ... follow the sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the the white and blue tiles are lined up.

State 1

State 2

If the white / blue / orange corner is in position 2...

... follow the sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and blue tiles are lined up.

State 2

Tip

The colored tiles of the white / blue / orange corner may not be in the same order as these pictures - you are just looking for the location of the corner piece.

** If the corner is located anywhere else in the bottom layer, rotate the down face (D) until the piece is in State 2. Then use the solving sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and blue tiles are lined up.

** If the corner is in position 3, rotate the right face counter-clockwise (Ri) to move the piece into State 1. Then use the solving sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the white and blue tiles are lined up.

** If the corner is located in position 4, rotate the back face counter-clockwise (Bi) to move the piece to position 3, then rotate the right face counter-clockwise (Ri) to move the piece into State 1. Then use the solving sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the colors are aligned.

Step 3 - Solving the Third Corner

Now that you have two corners aligned, hold the cube so that the two solved corners are on the left (L) face.

Find the white / orange / green piece, identify the state your puzzle is in, and follow the solving sequence.

Step 3 - Solving the Third Corner

State 1

If the white / orange / green corner is in position 1...

... follow the sequence below 0, 2 or 4 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

State 1

State 2

If the white / orange / green corner is in position 2...

... follow the sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

State 2

** If the corner is located anywhere else in the bottom layer, rotate the down face (D) until the piece is in State 2. Then use the solving sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

** If the corner is in the top layer (U face), rotate the right face counter-clockwise (Ri) to move the piece into State 1. Then use the solving sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

Tip!

The colored tiles of the white / orange / green corner may not be in the same order as these pictures - you are just looking for the location of the corner piece.

Step 4 - Solving the 4th Corner

To solve the final corner in the top layer, hold the cube with the two orange tiles on the left (L) face.

Step 4 - Solving the 4th Corner

State 1

If the white / green / red corner is in position 1...

... follow the sequence below 0, 2 or 4 times until the white, green and red tiles line up.

State 1

State 2

If the white / green / red corner is in position 2...

... follow the sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white, green and red tiles line up.

State 2

Tip!

The colored tiles of the white / green / red corner may not be in the same order as these pictures - you are just looking for the location of the corner piece.

** If the piece is located anywhere else in the bottom layer, rotate the down face (D) until the piece is in state 2. Then use the solving sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white, green and red tiles line up.

Congratulations!

You have solved layer 1.

Congratulations!

2x2 Stage 3 - Orient the Final Layer

Get all of the yellow tiles on top.

Orienting the 4 final pieces means that we want all of the yellow tiles on the upper face of the Rubik's Cube. At the end of this step, the 4 corners with yellow tiles may not be in the right locations, but they will all be rotated so that the yellow tiles are on top.

Hold the cube so that the solved layer is on the bottom.

Tip: Turn your cube over so the white face is on the bottom.

Identify where the yellow tiles are on your cube. Hold your cube to match the picture. Follow the sequential moves.

If the yellow tiles are not all on top after 1 sequence, REMATCH and hold your cube like another picture and follow the sequence again. You may need to do this 2 or 3 times.

2x2 Stage 4 - Solving the Final Layer

Position the yellow corners correctly.

Finally, you are going to put the 4 remaining pieces into the correct locations.

Step 1

Turn the upper face (U) until you can match 2 of the corners on the upper layer to the bottom layer. Now, if all 4 line up, you have solved the 2x2 Rubik's Cube!

If not, complete step 2.

Step 1

Step 2

Identify the state your cube is in. Hold your cube to match the picture. Then, follow the correct sequence.

Adjacent Corners

If the 2 corners that need to be aligned are adjacent (side by side)...

 

... hold your cube to match the picture and then follow the following sequence.

Adjacent Corners

Tip!

The solved face on the side (lateral face) could be red, orange, blue or green. Hold your cube so the solved face is the back (B) face, and the two corners that need to be swapped are on the front (F) face.

Diagonal Corners

If the 2 corners that need to be aligned are diagonally across from each other...

... hold your cube to match the picture and follow this sequence.

Diagonal Corners

Tip!

After you follow the sequence, the corners that need to be aligned will be adjacent. Now, follow the instructions for adjacent corners.

Congratulations!

You just solved the 2x2 Rubik's® Cube!

Congratulations!
  • Stage 1 Get to know your Cube

    2 x 2 Stage 1: Get to know your Cube

    The 2 x 2 Only has Corner Pieces

    Introduction to the 2x2 Rubik's Cube

    Unlike the 3x3 Rubik's Cube (which has centers, edges and corners), the 2x2 Rubik's Cube has only corner pieces. There are 8 corner pieces, each containing 3 of the 6 colors.

    When the cube is solved

    • WHITE is opposite YELLOW
    • RED is opposite ORANGE
    • BLUE is opposite GREEN
    When the cube is solved

    Faces of the cube

    Each face is represented by a letter:

    Faces of the cube

    Very Important

    When making the moves hold your cube full-face front with logo on top as shown.

    Very Important

    The Moves

    The dark grey on the pictures below (and in the instructions throughout the solution) means that the color of those pieces does not matter. Each move is 1/4 turn rotation.

    A letter with an "i" after it means an inverse or counter-clockwise move when looking at that face directly.

    The Moves
  • Stage 2 Solve the First Layer

    2x2 Stage 2: Solve the first layer

    Step 1 - Getting Started

    When solving a 3x3 Rubik's Cube, the center pieces indicate what colors go on each side. On the 2x2 Rubik's Cube, we don't have center pieces to guide us, so we are going to pick a corner piece to start with and build off that. Any corner piece could be used as a starting piece, but let's use the corner that is white, blue and red. It's easy to spot because it has the Rubik's® logo on the white tile!

    Holding your cube

    Hold the cube so the white / blue / red corner is in the top layer, in the front-left position, with the white tile on the top.

    * F stands for the front face. Hold this part of the cube facing you.

    Holding your cube

    Step 2 - Solving the 2nd Corner

    Of the 7 other corners, only 1 will have both white and blue tiles (the 3rd color on this corner piece will be orange). This piece belongs in position 1 (next to the white / blue / red corner) with the white tile on the top (U) face and the blue tile on the front (F) face.

    * Find the white / blue / orange piece, identify the state your puzzle is in and follow the solving sequence.

    Step 2 - Solving the 2nd Corner

    State 1

    If the white / blue / orange corner is in position 1...

     ... follow the sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the the white and blue tiles are lined up.

    State 1

    State 2

    If the white / blue / orange corner is in position 2...

    ... follow the sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and blue tiles are lined up.

    State 2

    Tip

    The colored tiles of the white / blue / orange corner may not be in the same order as these pictures - you are just looking for the location of the corner piece.

    ** If the corner is located anywhere else in the bottom layer, rotate the down face (D) until the piece is in State 2. Then use the solving sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and blue tiles are lined up.

    ** If the corner is in position 3, rotate the right face counter-clockwise (Ri) to move the piece into State 1. Then use the solving sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the white and blue tiles are lined up.

    ** If the corner is located in position 4, rotate the back face counter-clockwise (Bi) to move the piece to position 3, then rotate the right face counter-clockwise (Ri) to move the piece into State 1. Then use the solving sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the colors are aligned.

    Step 3 - Solving the Third Corner

    Now that you have two corners aligned, hold the cube so that the two solved corners are on the left (L) face.

    Find the white / orange / green piece, identify the state your puzzle is in, and follow the solving sequence.

    Step 3 - Solving the Third Corner

    State 1

    If the white / orange / green corner is in position 1...

    ... follow the sequence below 0, 2 or 4 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

    State 1

    State 2

    If the white / orange / green corner is in position 2...

    ... follow the sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

    State 2

    ** If the corner is located anywhere else in the bottom layer, rotate the down face (D) until the piece is in State 2. Then use the solving sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

    ** If the corner is in the top layer (U face), rotate the right face counter-clockwise (Ri) to move the piece into State 1. Then use the solving sequence 0, 2 or 4 times until the white and orange tiles line up.

    Tip!

    The colored tiles of the white / orange / green corner may not be in the same order as these pictures - you are just looking for the location of the corner piece.

    Step 4 - Solving the 4th Corner

    To solve the final corner in the top layer, hold the cube with the two orange tiles on the left (L) face.

    Step 4 - Solving the 4th Corner

    State 1

    If the white / green / red corner is in position 1...

    ... follow the sequence below 0, 2 or 4 times until the white, green and red tiles line up.

    State 1

    State 2

    If the white / green / red corner is in position 2...

    ... follow the sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white, green and red tiles line up.

    State 2

    Tip!

    The colored tiles of the white / green / red corner may not be in the same order as these pictures - you are just looking for the location of the corner piece.

    ** If the piece is located anywhere else in the bottom layer, rotate the down face (D) until the piece is in state 2. Then use the solving sequence 1, 3 or 5 times until the white, green and red tiles line up.

    Congratulations!

    You have solved layer 1.

    Congratulations!
  • Stage 3 Orient the Final Layer

    2x2 Stage 3 - Orient the Final Layer

    Get all of the yellow tiles on top.

    Orienting the 4 final pieces means that we want all of the yellow tiles on the upper face of the Rubik's Cube. At the end of this step, the 4 corners with yellow tiles may not be in the right locations, but they will all be rotated so that the yellow tiles are on top.

    Hold the cube so that the solved layer is on the bottom.

    Tip: Turn your cube over so the white face is on the bottom.

    Identify where the yellow tiles are on your cube. Hold your cube to match the picture. Follow the sequential moves.

    If the yellow tiles are not all on top after 1 sequence, REMATCH and hold your cube like another picture and follow the sequence again. You may need to do this 2 or 3 times.

  • Stage 4 Solving the Final Layer

    2x2 Stage 4 - Solving the Final Layer

    Position the yellow corners correctly.

    Finally, you are going to put the 4 remaining pieces into the correct locations.

    Step 1

    Turn the upper face (U) until you can match 2 of the corners on the upper layer to the bottom layer. Now, if all 4 line up, you have solved the 2x2 Rubik's Cube!

    If not, complete step 2.

    Step 1

    Step 2

    Identify the state your cube is in. Hold your cube to match the picture. Then, follow the correct sequence.

    Adjacent Corners

    If the 2 corners that need to be aligned are adjacent (side by side)...

     

    ... hold your cube to match the picture and then follow the following sequence.

    Adjacent Corners

    Tip!

    The solved face on the side (lateral face) could be red, orange, blue or green. Hold your cube so the solved face is the back (B) face, and the two corners that need to be swapped are on the front (F) face.

    Diagonal Corners

    If the 2 corners that need to be aligned are diagonally across from each other...

    ... hold your cube to match the picture and follow this sequence.

    Diagonal Corners

    Tip!

    After you follow the sequence, the corners that need to be aligned will be adjacent. Now, follow the instructions for adjacent corners.

    Congratulations!

    You just solved the 2x2 Rubik's® Cube!

    Congratulations!