# How To Solve A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube - Rubiks Revenge - 4x4 Rubik's Cube Solution

Concluding with this series of tutorials, we will see now **How To Solve A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube**.

The main purpose of the series, is that you learn in a much more effective way how to solve the Rubik's cubes.

We have seen that the resolution of the Junior Cube it's a subset of the steps for the resolution of Standard Cube.

We will see now that in the case of **4x4 Rubik's Cube** (and bigger cubes), the method of resolution of the Standard Cube is the base of resolution of more complex cubes.

A way to solve more complex Rubik's Cubes is accomplished through using what is commonly called the 3x3x3 reduction method.

In this method it is necessary that you know how to solve the Standard Cube. If you need to learn how to solve the Standard Cube, please read 'How To Solve A 3x3x3 Rubiks Cube'.

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#### For simplicity this tutorial is divided in four pages, in this first page terms are defined and the method is described.

## Table Of Contents

• How to solve a 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube

• Pieces and Faces

• Aditional Faces

• Turn Of An Internal Face

• Description Of The Algorithm

• Step 1, Solving The Centres

• Step 2, Pairing up the Edges

• Step 3, Finishing the Cube

• The Color Scheme

• Swapping Two Opposite Centres

• Solve A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube

• Step 1, Solving The Centres

• I] First White Row

• II] First Yellow Centre

• III] Finishing the White Centre

• IV] Concluding The Centres

• Step 2, Pairing up the Edges

• Pairing, Case A

• Pairing, Case B

• Step 3, Finishing the Cube

• Last Layer Edges Parity Error

• Incomplete Line

• Incomplete Cross

• Top Layer Edges Parity Error

• Opposite Dedges

• Adjacent Dedges

• Top Layer Corners Parity Error

• Corners In Line

• Corners In Diagonal

## How To Solve A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube

In order to understand **How To Solve A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube**, you need to be familiar with the notation. If you don't know it, please read 'How to solve a Rubiks Cube' before continuing.

For the purposes of the following tutorial, a series of colors will be chosen for the faces, you can choose others.

## Pieces and Faces

__Corner__..- a physical corner piece. A corner piece has three sides. There are eight corners.__Edge__.....- a physical edge piece. An edge piece has two sides. There are twenty four edges.__Centre__...- a physical centre piece. A centre piece has one side. There are twenty four centres.__Face__.....- a side of the cube. There are six external faces and six internal faces.

## Aditional Faces

A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube has internal faces, they are named with a lowercase letter.

__Internal Upper Face__- u__Internal Down Face__- d__Internal Left Face__- l__Internal Right Face__- r__Internal Front Face__- f__Internal Back Face__- b

## Turn Of An Internal Face

In a 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube, the internal faces can turn.

To facilitate the turn (and the notation) of an internal face, this is rotated together with the outer face.

See the difference in the following examples of a clockwise turn of the External and the Internal Upper Face (also note the double arrow, which denotes to turn two faces).

## How To Solve A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube - Description Of The Algorithm

The algorithm is divided in three steps.

## Step 1, Solving The Centres

The first step in the solution is to solve the 4 Centre Pieces on each face of the cube.

## Step 2, Pairing up the Edges

The next step is to Pair up the 24 Edges into 12 distinct Double Edge Pairs (Dedges)

## Step 3, Finishing the Cube

When you have solved the Centres and Paired up the Edges, you should see your 4x4x4 Rubik Cube like a 3x3x3 Rubik Cube.

You can finish off the cube in the same way as a 3x3x3.

## The Color Scheme

The **4x4x4 Rubiks Cube** is an even cube and has no fixed Centre pieces to refer to.

There is no quick way to determine which color goes where in relation to the others. It is helpful to have a color scheme memorised:

__Standard Color Scheme__

- Yellow opposite White
- Blue opposite Green
- Red opposite Orange

If your cube is scrambled (or it doesn't have the standard color scheme), there is an easy way to determine the scheme.

Simply solve the corners of your 4x4x4 (assuming that you can solve the Corners of a 3x3x3).

Once you've figured out your colour scheme, memorize it or write it down.

## Swapping Two Opposite Centres

At some point in your **4x4x4 Rubik Cube** solving it is possible that you make a mistake with your Centres, such as transposing two Opposite Centres.

There is an easy way to fix it.

## How To Solve A 4x4x4 Rubiks Cube - Algorithm

Now that you understood the method, it is time to put in practice.

Begin with the first step: Solving The Centres.

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Acknowledgement : Table Of Contents by Darkside

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## Comments 73 comments

it just tells you what step to do not how to do the step.

Cool. I can't figure out the Rubik's cube from start to finish exactly. I've always been a fan of the Rubik's series. I can do the Rubik's Pyramid everytime in less than a minute. Did it in 6 seconds once.

Time to get to work on the cube.

I can solve both the 2x2x2 and 3x3x3 but this 4x4x4 is really hard!Can you have a simpler instructions instead of these unreadable instructions!PLEASE!

it looks easy enough

It's more complicated than ever! How can I imagine it as a 3x3 if I can't even do the center part. You should expand the solutions more. 2x2 and 3x3 are much more the same. I've done it! ;)

hey i followed this guide and still got an error. i hav got everything solved except one last corner piece. it is in the right place but its the only one where the colors are not on their respective faces. if i do the move just like the 3x3x3 cube it'll mess the entire cube up because i cant do the move nd screw up all the other top layer corner pieces.

what do i do?

p.s. -- i'm very sure that no one messed with the stickers on the cube so that is not the problem

thanks to the pattern that you post...... i get an idea to solve it

i want to know how to solve 6x6x6 rubik cube..please help me..

This Is Crazy. I Can Quickly Solve A 3x3x3 Cube, Well, fast for someone my age, and 2x2x2 is not a challenge at all. But the instructions here are absolutly unreadable! PLZ HELP!

it's simple enuf adi........

i spent less than 1 hr to master it

thx to stefan

Hey, thanks for the help. I could never figure out how to solve a rubiks cube because i got too frustrated.

Thanks for the tips... i got it... it took me an hour to figure it out... now i can solve it less than 10 minutes.. AWESOME.. im looking for 5x5x5 now!!

Thanks man,i finally solve it!!!

so hard...

Thanks. Finally able to solve.

i have the same problem that bobby had and i did what was said but it still had one corner in the wrong way. any help or do i have to re build my cube

this is so hard. Cant it be any easier?? D:

great, thank you very much ^_^

i have my own formula...

but i think just i will understand that formula...

Hi i have 2 edges wrong just wrong... i mean i can do what i want to but i doensnt help, maybe thers an algorithm for it, plz i need help...

4x4x4 cubes are verry hard waaaaa

All I need to complete the 4X4 is to be able to swap 2 corners and diagonal corners. Your instructions don't work sorry. I've tried it several times even with a completed cube just to see the two corners swap but they don't. The instruction look great and are otherwise awesome. Please help.

regards

Dean

My problem is when trying to finish off the edges of the yellow tips, I have two colors that need to be swapped, but they are adjacent, not opposite. Is there an algorithm to switch the two adjacent colors and then go on to putting the corners in the right spot?

What are the commas in the notation for?

What do the apostrophes in the notation mean?

Sorry, just the second question.

i cant understand about the code, how to use this solve?

i can solve my entire cube but the corners. when i have done all of the centers and the corners, i understand to solve it like a 3x3, but when i do so, all of the corners are left unsolved and the 3x3 method does not work to change the corners, ive been looking at videos for a long time and not 1 has shown me this or what is wrong, is it my cube, plz help

i want to buy one ,,, i dont know where to find ,, can you7 help me

Hi, thanks for the tutorial and stuf it's really good ;)

but i have a problem, being the following: i only need to solve the top-layer, and i have the incomplete cross... but each time when i use the algoritm http://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/rubiks-revenge-p... i mess up my cube :/ any help please?

Does anyone know what the "2" means in something such as 2b? Answer as quickly as possible. I am starting to become hopeless.

Very nice ... thank you !!!

Anonymous any time you see a 2 as in 2B 2b or B2 b2 it is a half turn of that face Stefan uses B as the outer face and b as the back half

Hi,

since I own the 2x2x2, the 3x3x3 and the 4x4x4 I thank you very much for uploading all the solutions, even though I only made use of your 4x4x4 solution.

Keep up the good work, maybe you can add a 5x5x5 solution some day. Thumbs up!

Hi,

why in case of Internal face turn,external face is also rotated. Is there any specific reason for that.I have seen some algo in which only internal faces are rotated.

hi,

it has happened to me a few times. At the end of solving the cube i have two corners in the wrong position and the algorithm i know from the 3x3 only works if there are 3 or more corners in the wrong place. Do you know any algorithm that may help me?

ps: the algorithm i was trying was R' , U , L , U' , R , U , L' , U'

and yes i all the colors are in their right order.

i forgot to say that also sometimes, instead of the problem arising from the cornes it comes from the edges. Again in the last layer i can't solve it. The "cross" seems to be impossible to form. only three or one edge remains facing up. How can i solve it?

ps: I used to use the algorithm B, L, U, L', U', B'

I never knew it would be so complicated. Nice tutorial and hub!

I have done the 3x3x3 rubiks cube and i am stuck at the pairing of the edges of 4x4x4 rubiks cube . I NEED SOME HELP IN THAT.

Same problem as billy and tom. What you're suggesting is just bringin me to the same point... Any ideas why?

Hello respected sir/madam

I am able to solve 3x3x3 in three min.

But now I want to learn 4x4x4 rubik cube. ..

Pl tell me steps to solve this

Wow, i feel stupid..

Kept messing up the last parity because I was thinking r2 meant to turn only the internal right row 2 times, and I finally noticed the double arrows.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I learned this cube originally with "Rr2" used to show the two rows moved together, so I misunderstood.

Some of these require only the inner row to move. The standard annotations were Uu2 for both top layers, but you list that move as u2. Which could cause confusion in a few steps. (Like the one where it says l2-L2, is that 4 turns on the topmost row? Or is that a double move? See what I'm saying. Guess and check can figure it out in a few minutes, not too big of a problem.) Even with your diagrams showing two arrows rather than one, its easy to become confused.

Also, you don't need to tell us clockwise or counterclockwise if its a double turn. So B2' is completely incorrect, B2 and B2' are identical moves, therefore adding the inverted annotation just makes it confusing, but again, very minor. Probably a typo that you literally looked over because you know the actual move.

All in all, I knew how to solve the cube before coming here but needed a refresher on a few of the parity moves, this guide helped me in under 10 minutes, very good work. But those minor errors seem to have escaped 6+ years of views

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