How to Solve the Second Layer of A Rubik’s Cube

This article will take you through the step-by-step process of solving the second layer of the Rubik’s Cube, But before we dive into the solution, ensure you’ve mastered the first layer. Once you’ve mastered it, you’re ready to take on the challenge of the second layer. So, grab your Rubik’s Cube, and let’s get started!

Understanding the Second layer

The second layer consists of four centrepieces and four middle edge pieces located between the solved first layer and the unsolved top layer. Algorithms for the middle layer: Algorithms are a series of moves that solve a specific problem. Several algorithms can be used to solve the second layer. I will use the easiest one for you to understand.

The Step-by-Step Guide to Solving the Second Layer

There are two steps involved in the second layer. One contains an algorithm, and the other is step 3 from the first layer.

Step 1: Algorithm to Solve the Middle Layer Edge Pieces

First, we will place the edge pieces of the second layer in their place, and then we will place the cornerpieces in their corresponding places. Remember that we will never consider the edge piece from the top layer that has a yellow colour in it. If all edge pieces on the top layer have a yellow colour in them, we will bring an edge piece on top that doesn’t have a yellow colour in it. 

You can skip this step if you already have an edge piece that doesn’t have a yellow colour in it. 

To bring an edge piece from the second layer to the top layer, we will:

  1. Bring the right side up
  2. Top to the right
  3. Right side down
  4. Now Solve the corner piece as we did in layer one
  5. Once we have an edge piece on the top layer that doesn’t have a yellow colour in it
  6. First, we will align it with its matching centrepiece
  7. Then move it away from its other colour


If the other colour is on the left side, then 

  1. Bring the left side up
  2. Top side to the left side
  3. Left side down

And if the other colour is on the right side 

  1. Then bring the right side up
  2. Top side to the right side
  3. Right side down

Step 2: Solving the white cornerpieces

It is the same as step 3 from layer1

Tips and Tricks to Help You Solve the Second layer efficiently 

A. Memorize the Algorithm

Memorizing the algorithms for the middle layer can be challenging, but it’s essential to solve the second layer quickly and efficiently. I recommend you follow the steps of the video tutorial for the first few tries, then take your time to practice and memorize the algorithm. After that, you’ll find that solving the second layer becomes much easier.

B. Look Ahead

Looking ahead is an essential skill in solving the Rubik’s Cube. While you’re solving the first layer, take a look at the unsolved middle layer and plan your moves in advance. This will save you time and make the process more efficient.

C. Solve the disrupted first layer side by side

When you’re solving the second layer, make sure that you solve the disrupted white corner pieces side by side. 

D. Practice, Practice, Practice

Like any skill, solving the Rubik’s Cube takes practice. The more you practice, the faster and more efficient you’ll become. Set aside some time each day to practice solving the cube, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to solve the second layer of the Rubik’s Cube more efficiently and effectively.


Congratulations! You’ve now learned how to solve the second layer of Rubik’s Cube. With some practice, you’ll be able to solve the cube in no time. Remember to take your time, look ahead, and practice regularly. With these skills, you’ll be able to solve the Rubik’s Cube faster and more efficiently than ever before. So, keep practising, and soon you’ll be ready to tackle the third layer. 

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