## How To Solve the 4x4 Rubik's Cube

Solving the 4x4 Rubik's Cube is not too much harder than solving a 3x3. The concepts of the steps are as follows:

• Solve the center pieces
• Pair similar edge pieces
• Turn only the outer layers, and solve it like a 3x3!

In this video I teach the Yau Method, which roughly follows this outline. The Yau method is the most popular 4x4 method and was used to set the current world record.

## Example Solve

Here is a full solve where I go through some more possibilities of what can happen.

## Step 5. Edge Pairing

### Case 1: If they are in different slices:

• Join the pieces
• Replace it with an unsolved edge pair
• Fix the centers

### Case 2: If they are in the same slice:

• Slice piece 1 towards piece 2.
• Flip piece 1 (with the flipping algorithm: R U R' F R' F' R)
• Fix the centers

## Next Steps

Congrats on solving a 4x4! The better you get at solving a new puzzle, the more fun it will get. I highly encourage putting in some practice when you learn new things, to give it a fair shot at whether or not you'll enjoy it.

4x4 doesn't have a huge amount of advanced techniques, but 3-2-3 edge pairing is one of the most important ones. Instead of pairing one edge at a time, this method solves many edges at once.