Step 1: Edges of the first face of the Rubik’s Cube

rubiks cube - step1 - objThe first thing you have to do is choose the color you’ll be starting with. I always start solving the Rubik’s Cube with the yellow face and that’s the one that will appear in the images of this tutorial, as you know everyone to his own taste, or in this case, to his own colors. From this point on, we’ll be using yellow to talk about the first face color and white for the opposite face (yellow and white are opposites in nearly all Rubik’s Cubes).

This first step consists on solving the yellow cross in the top face of the Rubik’s Cube. In order to do this we have to place the yellow edges into their respective position, one by one. We have to take into account that they have to be in a determinate order, to make them match the near center color.

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This is the most complicated step to explain, but it’s one of the easiest to solve by your own. I recommend you to try resolving this first step with your Rubik’s Cube before looking at the solutions. If you can’t make it, follow these solutions. Take into account that you will have to repeat this step 4 times, once for each edge.

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  1. Hold the Rubik’s Cube so the top face is yellow and the bottom one is white.
  2. Search for a yellow edge on the bottom layer. Pay attention to both colors of the edge. If you can’t find any, go down to the “There is not any yellow edge on the bottom layer” section.
  3. If there’s any yellow edge, rotate the bottom layer until that edge is ‘underneath’ its position.
  4. Apply one of the following solutions:

Case 1: Yellow looking down

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Case 2: Yellow looking to the front

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There is not any yellow edges on the bottom layer

If there’s no yellow edge on the bottom layer, search one on the intermediate or upper layer and follow this solution to move the edge to the bottom layer. Then, apply the correspondent solutions depending on the case.

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What does “+ Repeat Step 1” mean?
You will not be able to solve this case directly. However, if you perform the movements specified, you will get another case for this step.

Repeat the same thing for every edge until you solve the yellow cross. Let’s see now the solution to complete the first face of the Rubik’s Cube.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have solved the yellow cross, but the lateral colors do not match
To solve this step, you do not need to solve faces, but layers (the face and the lateral colors). You will need to repeat this step again, but paying attention to the lateral colors of each edge.

I do not understand anything of this step
The first and the second steps are the most difficult to explain, as there are a lot of possible combinations. I recommend you to try to solve this step by yourself first. Even if you are not able to solve it, you will understand better how the pieces move around the cube.

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