My current setup involves two laptops side by side, a Mac and a Windows 10 PC. I use the Mac as my workstation and the PC for gaming, casual web browsing and media consumption (Twitch, YouTube, etc). I keep my Mac secured but my Windows laptop stays logged in most of the time since it doesn’t hold any sensitive data/session.
My only problem is YouTube: I used to add videos (from my Mac) to my “Watch Later” built-in playlist to then play it on Windows. This is pretty straightforward since there’s a convenient icon for that and a “Remove watched videos” button to tidy up between watching sessions. However this method needs my Google account to be open on both devices, meaning Gmail and Google Drive are also one click away the whole time. And logging this way into Chrome also means my extensions are carried over, which I don’t care for (and confuses some of them like Pushbullet and Snooze).
I looked online for solutions (duh) but so far I found:
- You can’t separate your YouTube session from your Google session. Period.
- No “YouTube client” (I found several) asks for permissions just for YouTube, they all require you to login to Google as a whole.
- There’s no way to “secure” some parts of your Google account.
- Alternative methods of playing YouTube playlists (such as VLC Media Player) are restricted to public playlists, none can access “Watch Later”.
The only ways I’ve found to achieve something similar are: adding the videos to a public playlist (which is not ideal, since I have to manually add and remove each video), or casting a Chrome tab from my Mac to Windows using AirServer (a “cast-receiver emulator” program).
I there any better way to achieve what I want?