How to solve the first layer edges of the Rubik’s Cube

finished cornersThe picture on the left is what your cube should look like at this point. Find an edge piece that needs to be put into the top layer. It will either be in the wrong place on the top of the cube or on the bottom, one of the sides or on the center layer.

If it is on one of the sides or on the bottom hold the cube so that the spot you are trying to put it in is the front (facing you).

Turn the bottom row till the cubelet that you are trying to place in the top row is directly below where it needs to be. If the white part of the edge piece you are moving is on the front then do the following.

edge 1

d m di mi

If it is on the white sticker is on the bottom then do this.

edge 2

m d d mi

If the white edge is in the center layer then hold the cube so the white sticker of the edge piece that you want to move is on the front of the cube. Now turn just the top layer till the spot you want the edge piece to be is directly over the edge piece that you want to move.

If that puts the edge piece on the left side of the front do this move.

case 3

ei f e e fi

If that puts the edge piece on the right side of the front do this move.

case 4

e fi e e f

That’s it for the top layer and your cube should look like the picture below. Now you are only two layers away from solving the whole Rubik’s Cube. You can move on to the center layer now.

white face complete