Step 2: solving the color on the top of the Pocket Cube 2x2x2

In the step 2 we will start (and perhaps we will finish as well) solving the second layer. Our goal is to match the color on the top of the Pocket Cube 2x2x2, and in the step 3, we will possibly change positions of a couple of pieces.

matched color on the top of the Pocket Cube 2x2x2

In the previous step, we have mentioned the layout of colors on the opposing sides of the Pocket Cube and the possibility to start matching any color as the basic one. To make this tutorial an easy-to-follow one, even to absolute beginners, we have decided to leave the complete process (from the beginning with the white, to the final yellow color) in all of the following videos, and you will find them as optional labels. We think this will make it easier to understand and to have a complete overview of the rotations. The labels that are not relevant to us at this step are left out.

If your cube does not have the solved upper color, as shown in this picture, the final colors of your cube certainly show one of the following 7 positions. Depending on the position, you will choose and apply the adequate algorithm – rotations animated in the following video clips.

The posters in the video clips show the cubes facing their top towards you, in order for you to have a better overview of the layout of labels. Choose the video clip that suits the layout of the final colors of your cube, and start the video to solve it. Of course, if you wish to practice solving the cube a little longer, the clips can be adjusted to play in a loop, and their speed can be adjusted to your wish. They were meant to last two seconds per rotation, and you will surely outpace it in no time!

If you have successfully managed to solve the upper color of your cube, rotated the upper layer, and matched the side colors, it may happen that you have already solved the whole cube.
However, if you’ve noticed a couple of pieces at the wrong positions, then it is time to make it right by going to the step 3.

Last step No. 3 - how to permute corners at top of the Pocket Cube 2x2x2