How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube in 60 Seconds or Less


Its okay, you’re not alone! Solving the Rubik’s Cube has confounded people since it was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architecture professor and sculptor Ernő Rubik. It’s estimated that 43 quintillion combinations exist, making it one of the most challenging puzzles in the world today. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to get the job done quickly and easily so you can enjoy the mesmerizing puzzle instead of getting frustrated by it. If you’d like to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in 60 seconds or less, keep reading!

The Basics of the Rubik’s Cube

To solve the cube, follow these steps:

 1. Begin by solving the top layer of the cube.

2. Use each edge piece from one of the three layers to complete an edge on the top layer.

3. Follow this pattern for all six sides and you will end up with a solved cube! The most important thing to remember when it comes to learning how to solve a rubik’s cube is that every twist should be done one at a time. For example, do not do any moves before solving the first face. Keep practicing and soon enough your will have mastered it like I did.

The Classic Solution

First, take the white face of the cube and turn it so that you see one of the corners. Then, follow these steps:

1. Find the two corners that are on either side of your chosen corner.

2. On each of those two corners, find the color that is directly opposite from your chosen corner.

3. Turn them counter-clockwise until they are aligned with your chosen corner (you can look at what you have done by flipping the cube over).

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all four corners on this face and then do it again for all four faces, keeping track of how many moves each time you make one (for example, if you just turned six faces then you should write down 6)

The Fridrich Method

Follow white arrows from the center of the cube (Layer 1) all the way around until you have completed Layer 1. Repeat with each subsequent layer by following white arrows from Layer 2 all the way around until you have solved Layer 2 and so on and so forth until you have completed all six layers of your cube.

The Ortega Method

The most widely known and taught method is The Ortega Method, which was invented by Tony Ortega. To solve a cube using this method, you first need to know how the puzzle works. The puzzle consists of 6 different colored cubes that are connected on each corner by stickers. In order to solve the cube, all of the corners must be turned so that they match up with one another (this is called solving the center). Once you solve the center, you can then look at the top layer and turn the corners so that they match up with each other. Keep going until all of the sides are solved, and your puzzle will be complete!

The Roux Method

For those who are still struggling with the puzzle, there is one method that has been proven to be fast and efficient. The Roux Method is an easy way for anyone of any age and skill level to solve the cube without having the frustrations of getting stuck on one step. The steps involved are as follows:

-First, turn the cube so that it is face down -Next, use your thumbs on both hands and hold onto two opposite corners. This will be referred to as the bottom layer or B layer. Make sure that you can see all six sides of this layer.

The CFOP Method

The first step is to break the cube into layers. The goal is to have one color on top and one on the bottom. There are six sides on a cube, so divide it into six slices by slicing it down the middle vertically and horizontally. This will give you twelve smaller cubes. If one of your colors is taking up more than one section, then try to move that color so that it takes up only one section per side.

The Layer-By-Layer Method

The fastest way to solve a rubik’s cube is by using the layer-by-layer method. To start, you should identify the four corner pieces and their corresponding colors. Next, place them on the cube so that all of the white faces are facing outwards. Now, take one side and complete it by matching up all of its edges with those of another side. Finally, match up that side’s edges with another side and so on until you’ve completed each layer. Then simply repeat this process with different sides until they’re all done!

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