# How to fix an unsolvable Rubik’s Cube

If you’re looking at Rubik’s Cube solutions and your case does not correspond to any of those represented, then your cube in unsolvable.

## Why there are Rubik’s Cubes that can’t be solved

Most of the times, the Rubik’s Cube becomes unsolvable because someone, intentionally or unintentionally, takes one or more pieces out of the cube. If the piece is now put back in the cube in a different position or orientation, the cube will now be impossible to solve.

## How to fix the Rubik’s Cube

In order to fix the cube, you need to take out the pieces that are not properly in place and put them back so that the cube is fully solved. Therefore, it is advisable to solve most of the cube, so you don’t have to remove and replace so many pieces.

To take out the pieces of the cube, turn 45 degrees one face (see photo). Put a thumb on each edge and make pressure in opposite directions.

Once you have taken out an edge, it’s easy to take out the rest of the pieces you need to change. Now, put the pieces back in the cube, but this time in the correct position. Finally, you have to insert the last edge with a face rotated 45 degrees (just like you did to take it out).

You can now scramble the Rubik’s cube and you will be able to solve it! (if you know how, hehe)

1. henry1010101010 says:

My cube isn’t coming apart!!!!!!!!!! WHY?!?!?!

1. Diego de Pereda says:

Maybe you may need to make a little bit more pressure.

2. Gavin4252 says:

same

1. Aneet says:

I agree that someone may have tampered with its mechanics, however, that is not the case with mine. I must’ve made an illegal move somewhere and it’s throwing the cube off. I’ve solved this cube many times before but there is an illegal move (otherwise foul) that inadvertently makes it unsolvable.

3. Logan Dresel says:

Take a small flat screw and use it instead of your finger that’s what I need to do

4. timiah says:

some rubiks cubes don’t come apart like mine

5. Henry says:

Go Shopping buy a new cube. Keep the old one to prank your friends
🎉🎉🎉🎉

1. Manoj says:

Cube solve

6. Llamaboy1 says:

Use a spoon

7. Bea says:

Omg same!!!!!

8. Lucas says:

My cube wont go back together.

9. prince says:

I tried and got some out but still can’t too bot do not wory soon you will get it

10. prince says:

me to but i fix some. but did not fix all of it. but don’t worry. soon we will get it try some more apps.

11. glungus says:

Grab an edge and twist it.

2. idk? says:

how do you know where to move the pieces to?

1. Diego de Pereda says:

You should put the cube in the solved position.

1. Jay says:

Wouldn’t my cube break? My cubes brand is D-Fantix. I can’t get it the correct order to solve. It keeps saying do this do that and I’ve kept trying but it still doesn’t work.

3. Tony says:

Which one do you pull out How do you know?

1. bob says:

Any one will work

2. Gordon reavley says:

Twist top layer 45%then pry open any centre piece

4. mistery says:

im strong and my cube is like super glued together

5. Igor says:

Man what happened to me is that once I bought my cube I was able to solve it 30-40 times, and out of the blue I was not able to solve it anymore because 1 corner peace (yellow blue and green in my case) was not in the right place (everything else was). How is that even possible, to became unsolvable (nothing was taken out) after I solved it so many times? Do you know what was the problem?

1. Diego de Pereda says:

Hello, Igor. Sometimes the centerpieces have so little pression that the corners can rotate without moving from their own position.

1. Omar says:

I have never taken apart the cube and it came assembled correctly, but still have one piece out of place. I didn’t pull it apart, but tried to and notice the colors are in the corresponding position. I noticed the comment above had a similar problem. Does it still need to be taken apart?

1. i have this too says:

you can twist it, it takes a bit of pressure and it’ll feel like its gonna pop, but it wont.

1. Logan Dresel says:

Use a screwdriver

2. Dean says:

This kept happening on one of my cubes, only one. Your observation helped me out a lot. I didn’t realize the corner was rotating during speed solves. I never knew it could turn so easy. One single corner can flip. Thanks for your advice.

2. Yan3 says:

3. MICHAEL says:

peace: freedom from disturbance; tranquility – piece:a portion of an object or of material, produced by cutting, tearing, or breaking the whole. YES, I SEE THE PROBLEM: LACK OF “ed·u·ca·tion”:the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction

6. elijah gonzalez says:

My cube is mixed up so I have no idea which one is messed up how do I figure this out

1. Diego de Pereda says:

Try to solve it as much as you can, until you find the pieces that you need to move.

7. Raj says:

Is any try to solve the unsolvable with out piece taken apart?

1. Diego de Pereda says:

No, you have to take the pieces apart. That’s why it is unsolvable.
Another possibility would be to change the stickers, but afterwards they would not stick well to the cube.

8. Dat Boi says:

i solved mine already like 5 mins before this then i got this so how is it now unsolvable?

1. Diego de Pereda says:

Are you sure that your case is not in the solutions?

9. Anonymus says:

my cube is lent from my dad he says I can’t take it apart bcause it will get damaged, but it is unsolvable!!

1. Maya Jena says:

if you dont want your cube to be damaged, then buy another one.

1. Diego de Pereda says:

If your cube has a decent quality (almost all of them), it won’t be damaged at all.

Thanks Diego.My unsolvable cube is finally solved!

1. Diego de Pereda says:

Congratulations!

11. Leila says:

How if it completely brakes apart?

1. Diego de Pereda says:

You have to be a little bit careful, but normally the plastic is resistant.

12. joesph says:

I have seen people solve my cube but i can’t I used a cube solver and it said that my cube was taken apart

13. joesph says:

My cube is mixed up so I have no idea which one is messed up how do I figure this out

14. Rosh says:

Perfect solution and perfect cube finally!!! Thank you so much!!! 2 pieces had fallen out when the cub got stuck, and I had to pull out the pieces due to having only 1 corner incorrectly oriented. Now that the cube is fixed, I will be able to solve it using all your steps without pulling out any piece in future. You rock, cool cat, cheers :)

15. Randy says:

I’m using a Void Rubik’s Cube, which means it has no center pieces, and when I mix it up, and try to solve, two corners are swapped while everything else is solved. Then, I mix it up again and do solve again, and it somehow works. Can anybody explain this? I can’t move any pieces without taking it apart.

1. Jack says:

did anyone find a solution? I have the same problem.

2. Andrew says:

dont have void cube, but i heard in one video talking about void cube, and there was said there exist some parities, maybe that it is?

16. Rosh says:

Yesss!!! Solved the cube without pulling out any pieces this time. Thank you so much :)
BTW, is there any trick to memorize the moves, I am not able to retain the algos :(

1. Grace Noble says:

Learn one or two steps a day

It’s not coming apart

18. ayush says:

i solved my cube by turning the corner pieces at last……it was solved then……is it correct to do it

19. Ryan says:

My rubix cube’s corner for the first layers dont orient , there like the the opposite way

20. yo boy says:

thank u soooo much it worked

21. Derpster says:

Im dumb

22. TigerMan says:

What if the corners still don’t match. I accidently dropped and the core split and I put back together and the corners won’t line even when you try to align them

23. Abraham lincler says:

how do you get center pieces out?

24. Amelia says:

I have a 4×4 cube and everything is solved correct except the last two corners. They’re switched around. I know for a 3×3 that it would be unsolvable but is it the same for the 4×4?

1. Andrew says:

4×4 has only edge parities, sometimes one edge can be bad oriented or two edges swapped, never corners though, so yea it is unsolvable, but i am not sure if you wanna take apart 4×4, it looks alot diferent than normal 3×3, its 5×5 with hidden center layers-center pieces

25. shivangi agrawal says:

In the third layer i have solved the cross.. And the 2 layers too but the 2 neighbouring corners are at right place and the other 2 are’nt. So just tell me how to swap neighbouring corners..and i know the cube js solvable cuz it was already solved when it came

1. Grace Noble says:

Are you sure they aren’t in the right place……they might just be in the wrong orientation

26. shivangi agrawal says:

In the third layer i have solved the cross.. And the 2 layers too but the 2 neighbouring corners are at right place and the other 2 are’nt. So just tell me how to swap neighbouring corners..and i know the cube is solvable cuz it was already solved when it came

27. Nivedh says:

Thanks, it helps a lot to fix my new cube

28. Woody says:

My rukics cube is out of order. From previous comments one of the corners must have gotten rotated. Which one, and which direction? I need a web page that will not only guide me to solve, but if impossible, guide me to fix it

1. MICHAEL says:

I SEE THE PROBLEM: YOU HAVE A “RUBICS” CUBE AND NOT THE ORIGINAL “RUBIKS” CUBE OR JUST A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE?

1. Ena says:

They actually said “rukics” not “rubics”. Talk about YOUR lack of knowledge.

2. The quiet kid says:

Bro don’t be mean to him

29. Jay says:

WHY DOESNT IT WORK!! My cubes brand are D-Fantix. I read the instructions over and over again and kept trying with the cube! It still doesn’t work!! I don’t think the cube can come apart because I pulled on one side and I looked in but it didn’t look like I could pull it apart. I’m also not very strong

30. Vinh says:

1. Helen Dukes says:

I think a ghost has messed mine up! Ok so I have 2 cubes and they cone apart easily. When I try to put it back together the corners are all flipped. On my fixed cube I have purple on top to the left space say. Then it’s corner left is pink and corner right is green. On my broken cube when purple is in same position the corner left is green and the corner right is pink! So I can’t put it back together even by cheating. The other corners are the same. It’s like someone has lifted off the sides and swapped them over but this not possible to do. Am I going mad or is it a spooky happening?!

1. Andrew says:

purple, pink? are you playing with colours, or you have “rubiks” cube

31. John says:

If you simply (i say simoly with the lightest of meaning) flip the sides. i swapped yellow/white once and came uo with 2 crazy pieces. the way it solved initially was with 4 crazy pieces on the permutation that would not solve no matter what i did. then i just double check to make sure once i “know” where white and yellow are i have all the other colors in the right spot. solve. still 2 permutation sides messed up. so i roated the colors and moved the white to a position on the right instead of simply swapping with yellow (as i would get the same results again if i just flipped yellow and white again). i solved and … boom everything in place. it took a while to figure out but i didnt have to take it apart. i didnt want to drive myself crazy. also for those who need to take it apart and dont know how…. every center piece has a screw. just unscrew all of it and put each side back in the right place. its easy. use your finger nail to remove the centers. hope this helps as well

32. shiv says:

Thanks, this article helped me solve my rubik’s cube, one of the corners of which was accidentally twisted by my infant :)

33. Bij says:

Hi I have a 4* 4 Rubik cube which is now unsolvable shall I too do the same trick or there is any thing else that i can do

34. im dumb says:

mine is not solved so i dont know where is the cube thats turn ( 100% good english)

1. The emo kid says:

Did I ask if it was

35. Teo says:

like a friend says before the middle pieces have inside a screw.Solve your cube till the end that you can do and when you have only 2 bad corners to fix just unscrew the middle piece that is in side that the 2 corners were and switch those corners.Its not that hard…just be careful to remove only the top 3 pieces nothing else so it ll be easier to put those back in again

36. Darren Jiang says:

Hello my cube is unbreakable like you cannot take it out or it breaks what should I do it can only turn with the corners help me

37. Blanche says:

My cube came unsolved and once I tried to do it there were edge pieces with the colours of opposite faces…..what do I do
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38. Drachenbauer says:

i had to do this to make my little keychain-cube solvable again.

39. help pls says:

my cube is a qiyi mofange, the edge pieces are flipped and they’re connected to the core. 4 sides are solved and the last 2 have flipped edges, how to you flip them back if they’re connected thanks

40. josh says:

my cubes corners will not solve and i can not take it apart but i can remove the center ca piecesp

41. Ilse says:

If you can’t take your cube apart like this, try popping off a center piece and screwing it loose. Make sure to count how much you screw so you can put it back together nicely!

1. awnsers says:

could also buy a new one

42. kev boi says:

i cant put it back together :(

43. Hello says:

any body have the two faced rubix impossible, bc I don’t know how to take it apart

44. Allan says:

My center pieces are not correctly placed

45. The happy kid says:

Bruh my corner must have been switched and idk how to solve it and the app just says that it’s impossible so can someone please help me

Here’s how:get smart

46. sri says:

it will never solve

47. Naksh says:

You need to try to pull the cube and see inside when you can take it out

48. djthebj says:

i cant put last edge on

49. Shua says:

Nico’s comment is underrated. That app 100% helped me fix my broken rubiks cube and showed me exactly which piece was incorrect. Thanks Nico!

50. someone says:

mine is a japanese brand and it doesent come apart like my other one… ( i can take off the center pieces but my brother put them in the wrong spot and two of the corners need to be switched : | )

51. anounomus says:

same, I tried to take off the center pieces and unscrewing it but it won’t move.

52. Elliot says:

The cube is “solvable” in this position. The steps given just don’t account for this situation. I have solved it many times from this position, but I don’t have an algorithm. DON’T break your cube.

53. Ensar says:

My cube can easily come apart

54. Unknown says:

No one took apart my cube. I just scrambled my 4×4 and its now unsolvable. I just got it today!