3.6 Million permutations to solve a mini Rubik’s cube!! Are you kidding???
Damnn!! I always thought it’s just a left-right swap and that’s it, that’s how we solve a pocket cube until I bought one for myself and tried my hands on it. Guess what? I couldn’t solve it for months. Ridiculous!! but that’s true. After watching several tutorials and trying a hundred times I got to know the tricks to solve a 2×2 Rubik’s Cube that I would love to share with you in this article.
Rubik’s Cube or what we call a pocket cube or a mini cube has two main layers, top and bottom with eight corners and six faces respectively. The cube gets its name from Rubik Enro who invented this brainstorming puzzle in 1974. While many people struggle with solving this tiny cube, many kids and teenagers might need few seconds to solve a 2×2 Rubik’s cube.
In this post, you’ll get to know the Algorithms needed to solve a cube, the types of the cube, the secret tips to solve a 2×2 Rubik’s Cube step by step, and the puzzling algorithms that you can master easily. Read till the end to know everything important.
Algorithms suck!! Once you crack the trick behind these algorithms, you’ll be solving the cube within seconds. Trust the process and follow the steps.
To make it easy to understand here’s how we named the faces of the cube that you need to know while following the algorithm:
U – Up face
D – Down face
F – Front Face
B – Back Face
R – Right face
L – Left Face
Key Algorithms To Remember
R: means to move the cube clockwise from the right side.
R’: means to turn the right side of the cube anti-clockwise
L: means to turn the left side of the cube anti-clockwise
L’: means to move the cube clockwise from the left side.
U: means to turn the upper side of the cube clockwise.
U’: means anti-clockwise rolling of the upper side of the cube.
B: means moving the backside of the cube clockwise.
B’: means moving the bottom of the cube anti-clockwise.
D: means to move the downside of the cube anti-clockwise
D’: means to move the downside of the cube clockwise.
F: means moving the front side of the cube clockwise.
F’: means moving the front side of the cube anti-clockwise.
3 Simple Steps to Solve a 2×2 Rubik’s Cube With Ease
If you are a beginner, no need to panic. It may lead to frustration sometimes but it’s all okay in the end. Here are the 3 basic steps to solve the 2×2 Rubik’s cube for beginners with pictures.
Types of Rubik’s Cube
It’s important to know the type of cube you are holding in your hand. There are a variety of cubes available today, such as;
- Pocket Cube
- Ghost Cube
- Mirror Cube
Step 1: Target the White Face
If you find it hard to remember the puzzling algorithms to solve the Rubik’s cube, it’s all right. Start with the white face, it’s easy to try.
What we need to do is, make a white wall by arranging all the white sides. Follow the algorithms to move the back face to the front as vice versa. Here are the three cases you can follow to get the white blocks together:
Case 1: D’ R’ D
Case 2: R B R’
Case 3: R D B2 D’ R’
Step 2: Start Positioning Yellow Corners
Now that you have successfully arranged the white side, turn the white face down. From the upper layer try to move the pieces to their final positions. Forget about the orientation for a while. Here are the three cases that will appear:
Case 1: Try U R U’ L’ U R’ U’ L holding the correct piece. It should be moved in the front front-right-up position cycling the other three corners.
Case 2: From the top front swap two pieces- L F’ L’ D’ L’ D F
Case 3: Try swapping two diagonal corners- F L F L’ D’ L’ D
Step 3: It’s time for Orientation
Now that you are done with positioning the blocks, it’s time for orientation.
Now read this carefully and follow as I say, hold the puzzle with an unsolved yellow piece in the front right up. You need to repeat the R’ D’ R D algorithm twice or four times until this specific piece is arranged well. Here are the three cases that will appear:
Case 1: If two yellow stickers are facing to the front then follow (R’ D’ R D) x 4 U’ (R’ D’ R D)x 2
Case 2: If yellow appears on the sides in the front layer then follow (R’ D’ R D)x 2 U’(R’ D’ R D)x 4
Case 3: If three corners are to be turned counterclockwise then follow the algorithm (R’ D’ R D)x 2 U’(R’ D’ R D)x 2 U’ (R’ D’ R D) x 2
Video Tutorial to Solve a 2×2 Rubik’s Cube:
Congratulations !! If you solved the cube. If not, no need to worry. Keep practicing and don’t mess up the algorithms. Hopefully, you’ll solve the puzzle soon. Once you do that try your hands on a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube.
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