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I wouldn't worry about it. The user's not there to keep track of progress. They're there to accomplish something. Just get them into the app. Why the progress bar doesn't show the correct progress is another question.


The filled in bar will give the user a sense of accomplishment. Games, software installation, etc all those use that language. You can show a filled in bar and the word 'finished"/"completed". The filled in bar will make the user understand that 100% has been completed.


I think that you might be better off conveying both states of use differently. For example you can make the progress bar move accordingly with the step numbers but also bold/underline the currently viewed step. So if they get to step 3 and go back to Step 1 then Step 3 will still be orange but it will be obvious that Step 1 is currently being viewed. If ...

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