Step 1: Edges of the first face of the Rubik’s Cube
The 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.
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.
- Hold the Rubik’s Cube so the top face is yellow and the bottom one is white.
- Search for a yellow edge on the bottom layer. Pay attention to both colors of the edge.
- If there’s any yellow edge, rotate the bottom layer until that edge is ‘underneath’ its position.
- Apply one of the following solutions:
Case 3: Edge in the intermediate layer
If there’s no yellow edge on the bottom layer, search one on the intermediate layer and follow this solution to move the edge to the bottom layer. Then, apply the correspondent solutions depending on the case.
Note: In case any edge is on the top layer but out of place or poorly oriented, change its position by putting another piece into its position. This way, the edge will occupy some of the positions explained in the three previous solutions.
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.