4x4 Online Solution

Learn to solve the 4x4 Rubik's Cube in just a few easy stages!

4x4 Stage 1 - Get to Know Your Cube

Definitions of the 4x4 Rubik's Cube pieces

Compare with 3x3

Like the 3x3 Rubik's Cube, the 4x4 is made up of Edge, Corner, and Center pieces. Both puzzles have 8 Corner pieces, however the 4x4 has 24 Center pieces instead of 6, and 24 Edge pieces instead of 12. Also like the 3x3, when the cube is solved, WHITE is opposite YELLOW, RED is opposite ORANGE and BLUE is opposite GREEN.

Compare with 3x3

Faces and Layers

Holding your cube with the RED face like this:    RED is the Front Face.  

Use the diagrams above and below to get to know each Face and Layer of your cube. 

Faces and Layers

Moves

When making the moves below, hold your Cube so that the FRONT (F) face is facing you. Each move is a 1/4 turn rotation. A letter with an “i” after it means to make an inverted, or counter-clockwise, turn when looking at that face directly. 

4x4_cube_moves

If there is a “2” in front of the letter, then make that turn twice:

Moves

4x4 Stage 2 - Solve the Centers

Solve the 4 Centers on each side of the Cube

Goal

4x4 Stage 2 Goal

Solving the centers requires you to get aquainted with the color layout. The color layout is found by observing the Corner pieces or by knowing that the Rubik's Cube follows a certain color layout. 

4x4 Stage 2 Approach

To solve the Centers, swap two Center pieces at a time from adjacent faces until all six colors are grouped. After solving one color, remember to follow the color layout above when choosing the next color and face.

Step 1

To swap the two Center pieces that are on adjacent faces, hold the Cube so that the pieces are on the UP and RIGHT faces.

Step 2

If needed, turn U until the desired Center piece of the UP face is in the highlighted position and turn R until the Center piece of the RIGHT face is in the highlighted position.

Step 2

Step 3

Follow this sequence to swap the pieces.4x4 Stage 2 Step 3

Step 3

Step 4

Continue swapping Center pieces until al 6 faces (24 Center pieces) are solved in the correct color layout.

Congratulations

If your Cube looks like this, you have solved the Centers!

Congratulations

4x4 Stage 3 - Solve the Edges

Solve Pairs of Edge Pieces

Goal

4x4 Stage 3 Goal

To solve the Edge pieces, find two Edges with the same colors and pair them together:

Step 1

Identify an Edge piece that needs to be paired. Hold the Cube so the piece is between the FRONT adn RIGHT faces.

Step 1

Step 2

Find the other Edge piece with the same two colors. Use some combination of the turns U, L, D, and B to get the other Edge between the FRONT and LEFT faces.

Step 2

Step 3

If the Edges are not directly across from each other, follow this sequence to line them up: 

Step 3

Step 4

Once the Edges are across from each other, follow this sequence to pair them:

Step 4

Step 5

Repeat these steps until all 24 Edge pieces are paired.

Congratulations! If you Cube looks like this you have solved Stage 3!

Step 5

4x4 Stage 4 - Solve the 4x4 Like a 3x3

Approach

4x4 Like 3x3

Using outside layer turns (U,D,F,B,R and L) follow the steps needed to solve the 3x3 Rubik's Cube. The outside layer turns will not scramble the solved Center pieces.

Important: There may be two times during the 3x3 solve that additional steps are needed to solve the 4x4. These two cases are referred to as parities and can only be found in the 4x4 Solution. The parity fixes are in steps 4 and 7 of this guide. 

Approach

Step 1

Solve the WHITE Cross. 

Step 2

Solve the WHITE Corners. 

Step 3

Solve the Middle Layer, treating the two inside layers as one. This picture shows the Cube with the WHITE face down. 

Step 4

Make the YELLOW Cross.

This is where the first parity may ccur when following the 3x3 Solution Guide. Determine how many YELLOW Edge pairs are on the UP face and follow the corresponding steps.

If there are 1 or 3 Edge pairs on the UP face, then hold the Cube as shown and follow this sequence to fix the parity:

If there are 0, 2, or 4 Edge pairs on the UP face, then continue with the steps outlined in the 3x3 Solution Guide. 

Step 5

Make the UP face all YELLOW.

Step 6

Position the YELLOW Corners correctly. 

Step 7

Position the YELLOW Edges correctly. This is where the second parity may occur. Determine how many of the YELLOW Edge pairs are in the correct position (refer to color layout in Stage 1 if needed), and follow the corresponding steps. 

If there are no YELLOW Edge pairs in the correct position, follow the sequence below either once or twice until at least one Edge pair is positioned correctly.  If there is one YELLOW Edge pair positioned correctly,  hold the Cube so it is in the BACK and follow the sequence below either once or twice until the the Cube is solved.

If there are two YELLOW Edge pairs positioned correctly, then the cube is in a parity state. To fix the parity and solve the Cube, determine which two Edge pairs need to be swapped and follow the corresponding sequence.

   If the Edge pairs that need to be swapped are adjacent,        hold the Cube so that they are on the FRONT and RIGHT faces.   Then follow   this sequence to solve the 4x4. 

   If the Edge pairs that need to be swapped are opposite each other, hold the Cube so they are on the FRONT and BACK     faces, then follow this sequence to solve the 4x4.

Congratulations

If your Cube looks like this, you have solved the Rubik's 4x4 Cube!

Congratulations

  • Stage 1 Know Your Cube

    4x4 Stage 1 - Get to Know Your Cube

    Definitions of the 4x4 Rubik's Cube pieces

    Compare with 3x3

    Like the 3x3 Rubik's Cube, the 4x4 is made up of Edge, Corner, and Center pieces. Both puzzles have 8 Corner pieces, however the 4x4 has 24 Center pieces instead of 6, and 24 Edge pieces instead of 12. Also like the 3x3, when the cube is solved, WHITE is opposite YELLOW, RED is opposite ORANGE and BLUE is opposite GREEN.

    Compare with 3x3

    Faces and Layers

    Holding your cube with the RED face like this:    RED is the Front Face.  

    Use the diagrams above and below to get to know each Face and Layer of your cube. 

    Faces and Layers

    Moves

    When making the moves below, hold your Cube so that the FRONT (F) face is facing you. Each move is a 1/4 turn rotation. A letter with an “i” after it means to make an inverted, or counter-clockwise, turn when looking at that face directly. 

    4x4_cube_moves

    If there is a “2” in front of the letter, then make that turn twice:

    Moves
  • Stage 2 Solve the Centers

    4x4 Stage 2 - Solve the Centers

    Solve the 4 Centers on each side of the Cube

    Goal

    4x4 Stage 2 Goal

    Solving the centers requires you to get aquainted with the color layout. The color layout is found by observing the Corner pieces or by knowing that the Rubik's Cube follows a certain color layout. 

    4x4 Stage 2 Approach

    To solve the Centers, swap two Center pieces at a time from adjacent faces until all six colors are grouped. After solving one color, remember to follow the color layout above when choosing the next color and face.

    Step 1

    To swap the two Center pieces that are on adjacent faces, hold the Cube so that the pieces are on the UP and RIGHT faces.

    Step 2

    If needed, turn U until the desired Center piece of the UP face is in the highlighted position and turn R until the Center piece of the RIGHT face is in the highlighted position.

    Step 2

    Step 3

    Follow this sequence to swap the pieces.4x4 Stage 2 Step 3

    Step 3

    Step 4

    Continue swapping Center pieces until al 6 faces (24 Center pieces) are solved in the correct color layout.

    Congratulations

    If your Cube looks like this, you have solved the Centers!

    Congratulations
  • Stage 3 Solve the Edges

    4x4 Stage 3 - Solve the Edges

    Solve Pairs of Edge Pieces

    Goal

    4x4 Stage 3 Goal

    To solve the Edge pieces, find two Edges with the same colors and pair them together:

    Step 1

    Identify an Edge piece that needs to be paired. Hold the Cube so the piece is between the FRONT adn RIGHT faces.

    Step 1

    Step 2

    Find the other Edge piece with the same two colors. Use some combination of the turns U, L, D, and B to get the other Edge between the FRONT and LEFT faces.

    Step 2

    Step 3

    If the Edges are not directly across from each other, follow this sequence to line them up: 

    Step 3

    Step 4

    Once the Edges are across from each other, follow this sequence to pair them:

    Step 4

    Step 5

    Repeat these steps until all 24 Edge pieces are paired.

    Congratulations! If you Cube looks like this you have solved Stage 3!

    Step 5
  • Stage 4 Solve the 4x4 Like a 3x3

    4x4 Stage 4 - Solve the 4x4 Like a 3x3

    Approach

    4x4 Like 3x3

    Using outside layer turns (U,D,F,B,R and L) follow the steps needed to solve the 3x3 Rubik's Cube. The outside layer turns will not scramble the solved Center pieces.

    Important: There may be two times during the 3x3 solve that additional steps are needed to solve the 4x4. These two cases are referred to as parities and can only be found in the 4x4 Solution. The parity fixes are in steps 4 and 7 of this guide. 

    Approach

    Step 1

    Solve the WHITE Cross. 

    Step 2

    Solve the WHITE Corners. 

    Step 3

    Solve the Middle Layer, treating the two inside layers as one. This picture shows the Cube with the WHITE face down. 

    Step 4

    Make the YELLOW Cross.

    This is where the first parity may ccur when following the 3x3 Solution Guide. Determine how many YELLOW Edge pairs are on the UP face and follow the corresponding steps.

    If there are 1 or 3 Edge pairs on the UP face, then hold the Cube as shown and follow this sequence to fix the parity:

    If there are 0, 2, or 4 Edge pairs on the UP face, then continue with the steps outlined in the 3x3 Solution Guide. 

    Step 5

    Make the UP face all YELLOW.

    Step 6

    Position the YELLOW Corners correctly. 

    Step 7

    Position the YELLOW Edges correctly. This is where the second parity may occur. Determine how many of the YELLOW Edge pairs are in the correct position (refer to color layout in Stage 1 if needed), and follow the corresponding steps. 

    If there are no YELLOW Edge pairs in the correct position, follow the sequence below either once or twice until at least one Edge pair is positioned correctly.  If there is one YELLOW Edge pair positioned correctly,  hold the Cube so it is in the BACK and follow the sequence below either once or twice until the the Cube is solved.

    If there are two YELLOW Edge pairs positioned correctly, then the cube is in a parity state. To fix the parity and solve the Cube, determine which two Edge pairs need to be swapped and follow the corresponding sequence.

       If the Edge pairs that need to be swapped are adjacent,        hold the Cube so that they are on the FRONT and RIGHT faces.   Then follow   this sequence to solve the 4x4. 

       If the Edge pairs that need to be swapped are opposite each other, hold the Cube so they are on the FRONT and BACK     faces, then follow this sequence to solve the 4x4.

    Congratulations

    If your Cube looks like this, you have solved the Rubik's 4x4 Cube!

    Congratulations