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This step, along with the next step, are the most difficult to teach because there are so many possible starting situations. Luckily, after these steps it takes very little effort to solve the rest of the cube, so please be patient on steps one and two.

In this step, it is important to remember that the very center piece of each side of the cube doesn’t move, making it that side’s respective color.  You must bring all of the other pieces with that color to that side. In the example below we bring the red/green piece to match with the red and green sides.

Below are the most common moves for this step.  If your cube doesn’t match any of the three starting positions shown below you may need to move some pieces around to get there.  You must do this on four sides in order to make a cross like the “after” picture below.  So in the example below, I would first get the red/green block in the correct spot (as shown in the “after” picture) then do the yellow piece, then blue, then white.

This is how the Rubik's Cube should look when you start this step.
These are the moves that you should make with the Rubik's Cube.
This is how the Rubik's Cube should look when you finish this step.
how to solve a rubik's cube
  1. Teddy Borman:

    This is cool.

  2. Don:

    Doesn’t a cube have 6 sides?
    Which four sides?

    • Amanda:

      Yes, a cube has 6 sides. “All four sides” refers to the four squares adjacent to the cross (as shown in the picture with the red and yellow. orange and white are on the other side)

  3. briar:

    does the cube have to be set that way in the first picture?

  4. Sean:

    I dont understand what is it that Im suppose to be repeating?

  5. Maia:

    I keep on doing this, but it never turns out how the picture shows :[

  6. P.K.:

    when it says , the middle layer turns, does it mean that the layers next to it turn upward? (first move of third scenario)

  7. Geegee:

    I can’t turn the middle layer eventhough it says too

  8. Leo:

    How does this work? I’ve tried doing the first step about ten times and it’s not working.

  9. nicole:

    I cant seem to get the hang of this. I keep getting one side done, but i lose it when i try to do another side. I can’t seem to be able to make the T shape. Any ideas?

  10. john ryder:

    I’ve done this quite a few times now. Am I missing something or doing it wrong? Or do I just keep trying this step until my cube looks like the picture?

  11. Damon:

    For the 3rd example (the one that says green under), why wouldn’t one just turn the face surrounding the red center piece twice?

  12. paul:

    Hello to everyone here. You all have good questions and I will try to answer them.
    1. You don’t have to start this way, but its the easiest way to do it so… rule 1 remember that green has to be on top. 2.the side panel (on the right) will be the color your working with, and I figured out a better result, (the panel on the left) I fount that if you do the opposite you get the cross like pattern ex. look at the top diagram on the left, instead of having the green showing with the respective color underneath have the respective color showing with green underneath so your cubes starting position should be green on top, respective color right panel, respective color with green underneath. NOW turn the cube as instructed and look closely. You will have it guaranteed. It will look like the last diagram on the left ex. green, random color, random color, respective color, matching square with green underneath. Now turn the font panel 180 degrees until the green underneath is connected with the green on top. You’ll have the first part of that after picture now repeat all of this for orange white and yellow. I hoped this helped you guys out. My name is Paul – leave a note for me if this helped. I would love to help again. Thank you.

  13. Elizabeth:

    I don’t get how I’m supposed to get from the top before picture to the middle before picture?

  14. Mister X:

    To Everyone:
    What happened to me when I did this step was that I got confused that they were giving us several starter steps; there are three lines in this step. If your cube looks like the first line, ONLY DO the first line of instructions, and so on for the other two. This step should work very easily, and if it doesn’t, use that thing inside your head (the name beats me at this current time…) to work out just this one step, because it is REALLY easy…

  15. John:

    This is awesome! I get it now, the Before on the left is the pattern you start with and then you follow the steps to the right to get a piece of the cross. Then continue on the other three sides to the left or right of the right side on the diagrahm. I used the first one twice then the second one once and the third one once.

  16. kailum:

    How many times do you spin it to get the right picture?

  17. Fung:

    I want to ask about the third kind:Can’t you just turn the right face two times?You don’t have to turn the middle layer

  18. samin:

    I understand the moves but I don’t undestand the order of them!It’s much better to number the pictures.Isn’t it? I don’t know which one is the first step of the move and which one is the second one…

  19. Mikey:

    This isn’t working for me after I finish the first line the green and reds on the edge are switched so it goes green green red red instead of green red green red

  20. phil:

    The first step third row never works out for me. I always get one red on top and two greens on the right side. Help?

  21. John:

    My cube has green on top and yellow on the bottom. Have I a chance? No luck so far.

  22. Hannah Lopez:

    @Mister X: Thank you so much that helped alot!

  23. tim:

    I dont get something. After this step are all 4 sides and the top going to be crossed or just the top and the four sides just have the two like the picture shown

  24. pRaS:

    When I start following given steps, does my cube need to be exactly look like how its displayed in upper left corner of the image with “Before” tag? Or just having a green in center of top side is enough?

  25. Creator:

    Hint: Numbering the colors helps 😉

  26. shadow:

    the middle layer means turn two sides down next to each other and get the down one back up

  27. pntl:

    what do you mean repeat this step for all four sides?What about the other 2?

  28. brawr is the name:

    ok so the 4 colors are green orange white and yellow??

  29. Lori:

    Wouldn’t it be easier on the last possibility to rotate the right face twice?

  30. Frank:

    with me, the simple red and green are not where they are supposed to be in the pictures. i dont get how you make the red/green cuboid in place.

  31. Mike:

    What if only 2 of the side arms line up correctly?

  32. christian:

    heyyyy the rubic’s cube have six side what color of side 😛

  33. cameron:

    I’ve tried the first scenario about ten times and it goes to 2 green on top 2 red on the right side why is this

  34. AHHHHHG:

    I get one of them with the two colours down the side in the right place, but then i’m not left with any of the other possibilities to spin with any of the three examples…

  35. cathy:

    Can anyone tell be why there are 3 cubes below ‘before’? Please I really need help ;(

  36. Allie:

    Ok, I understand the steps, but my cube isnt set up to look like that. So how do I get it to look like that in the first place??

  37. DJ:

    I got the green cross, two whites and two oranges on two sides. What do I do next?

  38. Bernadette:

    This is to Paul: does this mean that when you start on the first ‘before’ picture…you do the steps and then it becomes the second ‘before’ picture and then the third? what happens next?

  39. steaven:

    Which four sides am i suppose to repeat?

  40. Nikki:

    I can’t get the cross. There is not a green square in any of those positions for a side!

  41. Amber:

    I’m so confused, what is the respective color? And does the green middle have to be on top an the red middle be on the right? I don’t get what it means for “red under” when it’s on the right?

  42. MAHEK:

    I have a problem with the first step: after completing the third line of the first step I’m not getting the “AFTER” ones solution sshown in the AFTER column.

  43. pj:

    How do I do this?:Green top center,red right center,green front bottom middle,red under bottom green.

  44. pj:

    How many times do I repeat?

  45. Jonah:

    Very vague on how to do this first part… You should let everyone know that you must start with the blue side (then orange, green, red) and re-orientate it accordingly.

  46. Ashlee:

    After i do the first 3 moves its meant to be green, red, green and then red like in he top left photo, but mine turns out to be green, green, red and red every time. Why is this?

  47. Geo:

    I am a beginner. How do I get the cube like the very first picture?

  48. jasper:

    But i still don’t get how you get those yellow and red pieces there? it isn’t explained here..

  49. Ailin:

    I don’t understand what it means by “after repearing this step for all four sides”. Which sides is it referring to?

  50. darshan:

    After completing the green, red, green, red combination as shown in the picture two, I don’t understanding what to do?

  51. bella:

    OK so I tried step 1 but my Rubik’s cube ended up in my wall. Should I turn it clockwise, counterclockwise, turn my room, or just screw it?

  52. ankit:

    You know you are starting with a very specific scenario in which all the things are in a fixed position. I can complete one side of the cube, i.e. one color at a time but no more than dat. Any advice for me, if you would please…..

  53. openedminded:

    Start with the first green and red with the first picture. At the end you should only have the green and red touching each other with two squares each. Then rotate the cube and do the yellow just like you did the red. they should have two boxes touching just the same. Now the orange, and finally the white. I notice though that three pictures on the left are what some of the colors will be in… for example, my orange started as the second and my white was like the third. In the end though if you can’t seem to get it… try buying a coloring book. ;P

  54. Rakib:


  55. abel saji:

    you guys rock!!

  56. arjun:

    i should follow the column? or the row???

  57. arjun:

    Wow!! THIS IS FUN !!!

  58. Manuel:

    What does it mean by thr middle moves how do you move it


    If i use the before ex 2 can i use that same beginning for all the other sides?

  60. George:

    What does repeating this step for all four sides mean? Do I keep Green on top and rotate the whole cube around the Green-Blue axis (Green on top and Blue on ther bottom, and bring the next side (Yellow) to where the Red was and Orange to where the Yellow was and keep repeating this for all sides? What should it look like after the first of 4 sides or are there too many combinations?

  61. Corey:

    I do the first three steps but my red and green aren’t opposite… They Are in order so I can’t follow the steps…

  62. Jen:

    You need to do each step four times!!!!

  63. Jen:

    You need to do each step four times in the 1 step

  64. mithali:

    give us some other situations

  65. mithali:

    what if the red one is not under the green one

  66. mike:

    how do you rotate the middle of a rubiks cube?

    Because for me its impossible

  67. jsmitty:

    When it says ” green under” or “red under” does it mean in a specific order or just any where under?

  68. lily:

    what happens if you dont have that.

    and + how would you get to there when you are 2 cubies away from getting the green one