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Solve the Rubik’s Cube

How to Solve a Rubik's Cube

The Rubik’s Cube turned 40 years-old this year, so we decided it was about time we sat down and solved it once and for all. The Google Doodle was impressive, the 808 Cube far more instantly gratifying – but nothing beats the real thing does it?

One problem, though – it’s completely and utterly impossible. So, rather than wasting your time fiddling about with coloured blocks, do what we did and cheat. Here’s a 6-step guide for beginners, straight from Rubik’s themselves.

1. Know the cube

Whoa now! You’re not just going to rush straight into this are you? Easy there pal, first you need to spend some quality time with just you and the cube. Don’t stop there either, BE the cube – get to know its quirks and learn its ways – it’s the only way you’re going to get through this.

2. Solve the white cross

Now you and the cube have got yourself acquainted, all reliable Rubik’s guides will tell you to start with the all-important white cross. ‘Use your intuition’ says our guide mockingly, as if he hasn’t been watching us going around in circles for the best part of 20 minutes.

3. Solve the white corners

Next up, corner pieces! “Remember, those are the pieces located on the corners,” says our guide – helpful as ever. At this point in the tutorial he begins to speak in absolute gibberish, but try and listen carefully – if you lose him at this stage you don’t stand a chance.

4. Solve the middle layer

One side down – BOOM! The key here is to keep your completed white side on the bottom of the Rubik’s Cube at all times, trying to follow along with the incomprehensible instructions below. Hold up, did we say ‘boom’ a second ago? Sorry, we’re getting carried away.

5. Solve the top layer

If you’re anything like us, this is probably the furthest you’ve ever got with a Rubik’s cube – so don’t mess it up. That’s easier said than done, as our guide’s steps have now turned into a long, continuous drone punctuated by algorithms we can’t even begin to understand. Our advice? Close your eyes and hope for the best.

6. Position the yellow corners

Incredibly, the top layer is in place. We don’t know how you did it – your Rubik’s Cube could be faulty or more likely you’re in cahoots with the manufacturers. Maybe, just maybe, you’re just better than us at following instructions. See below to slide the final blocks into place – we’re all rooting for you now.

7. Bonus Rubik’s Cube challenge

At last, you’ve solved the Rubik’s Cube – I bet you’re feeling pretty pleased with yourself huh? You even managed it in under an hour, so stand up and take a bow in-front of the audience that has no doubt gathered at your feet.

Actually, we hate to steal your thunder, but we just found this guy who solved not just one but THREE of these things in a minute. If that wasn’t enough he did it all underwater, knowing that if he failed he faced certain death. Now, can you beat that?

Photo: Charles Taylor/

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