Have you come across the acronym, ‘NFS’ while browsing social media, and are unsure what it means?

Depending on the context in which its used, NFS can mean a few different things.

So, we’ll go over the 5 most common meanings of NFS, and where you’re likely to see each one of them. That way, you can have a full understanding on how NFS is currently being used on websites like Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

Let’s get to it!

1. No Filter Sunday

Instagram App

One of the most common uses of the phrase NFS has it standing for ‘No Filter Sunday.’

This is most common on photo and media sites like Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. It is usually accompanied with a photo that hasn’t been enhanced with any filters or extra editing.

The idea behind No Filter Sunday is that you post a photo taken directly with your phone’s camera that represents your true, authentic self.

So, if you come across a photo using #NFS, and it’s been posted on a Sunday, you can be reasonably sure that this use of NFS is in reference to No Filter Sunday.

Additionally, #NFS can sometimes appear in Instagram or Snapchat Stories on any day of the week, in which case it may stand for ‘No Filter Story’ instead.

Note: There is another similar trend called Throwback Thursday – or #TBT, in which people post old pictures on Thursdays. It helps to be familiar with this one as well!

2. Not For Sale

The next use of NFS – which is most popular on Facebook Marketplace, is ‘not for sale.’

It’s most commonly used in photos where other items are being sold.

For example, if you see someone that is show several items on a table, you may see them arrange pricing like this:

Shirts: $5 each

Vinyl Records: $8 each.

Table: NFS.

Generally speaking, when NFS is used to describe an item – especially on a marketplace website like Facebook Marketplace or eBay, it means ‘Not For Sale.’

However, this isn’t the case 100% of the time. So, read on to find out other meanings of NFS.

3. Need For Speed

Need For Speed

Within the gaming community, NFS takes on a whole new meaning.

Within the context of video games, NFS typically refers to the popular racing game series, ‘Need For Speed.’

Need For Speed currently has over 20 different games in the series, and it’s one of the most popular racing game series of all time.

In fact, anybody that is a fan of racing games will recognize the NFS acronym immediately, and it’s likely to be the first thing they think of when they read NFS.

So, if NFS is used when talking about gaming through text or online forums like Reddit, it likely means they’re talking about this popular franchise.

4. No Funny Sh…

On Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat, the second most common use of NFS stands for ‘No Funny Stuff’, or ‘No Funny Sh**.’

It essentially means that you don’t want anybody playing any games with you, or that you want them to stop joking around.

Sometimes it’s used sarcastically to suggest that you want somebody to be straight and honest with you.

Again, this one can be recognized depending on the context of the situation that it appears in.

5. New Friends

Finally, NFS may be used to describe someone as being new friends.

For example,

“Sarah and I are NFS on Instagram.’

Admittedly, this one is rare, and you don’t see it being used much anymore.

Still, I wanted to mention it in case none of the other meanings applied to your situation.


NFS is a very popular acronym on Instagram and other social networks, but the exact meaning can vary depending on the context in which its used.

Most commonly, NFS stands for No Filter Sunday, but No Funny Sh** is also another common meaning of NFS.

I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any other questions about internet slang or the meaning of NFS, please ask them using the comment form below.

Wishing you the best,

– James McAllister

About the author 

James McAllister

James is the owner of JamesMcAllisterOnline.com. He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on JamesMcAllisterOnline.com, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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